Kyle Turris C OTT 2 Months

Barring a trade by the Ottawa Senators, Kyle Turris is the primary candidate to fill the first-line, center's job left vacant by the departure of Jason Spezza.

Two seasons ago, when Spezza was injured, Turris was 22 and forced into the top spot. When Spezza returned in 2013-14, Turris was relieved. He said he enjoyed centring the second line and not having to see the opposition's best defensive players every shift. He responded with his best NHL season -- 26 goals, 32 assists, 58 points and a plus-22 rating -- and at least part of that had to do with the extra breathing space. Now Turris is better equipped for the more prominent posting. "I definitely think I've learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when Spezz was hurt, and seeing how hard the matchup is," Turris said. "I just tried to take that mentality and put it into the role I had this past year. This upcoming year, if I'm put into that role again, I think the experience I have now will work in my favor, to know what to expect and how better to prepare for it. If I get that opportunity I'll be excited about it."

Kyle Turris C OTT 4 Months

Kyle Turris played well for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

The Canadians were eliminated from medal contention by virtue of Thursday's 3-2 loss to Finland, but Turris scored for Canada in the loss and registered six points in eight games overall. Turris also had a very strong 2013-14 NHL campaign registering 58 points and establishing himself as a solid number two center in the league. He makes a decent mid to late round pick for 2014-15.

Kyle Turris C OTT 5 Months

Kyle Turris will play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF Hockey Championships in Belarus.

He will be joined by Ottawa teammate Marc Methot for the tourney that starts May 9th. Turris had a very nice season with 26 goals and 58 points and established himself as a bona fide number two center in the NHL.

Kyle Turris C OTT 5 Months

Kyle Turris scored his 26th goal of the season to help the Ottawa Senators defeat the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout in Pittsburgh Sunday night.

Ottawa didn't qualify for the playoffs but played well since closing March with four consecutive wins. The Senators' goaltending has been strong; they have surrendered two or fewer goals in six of seven games, including a 1-0 shutout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Mark Stone scored the Sens' other goal in regulation Sunday, his fourth of the season.

Kyle Turris C OTT 6 Months

Kyle Turris has received the NHL's first star of the week award.

He earned the distinction after he registered four goals and three assists in four contests. Turris has enjoyed a career year in 2013-14 with 25 goals and 55 points in 74 games. He also owns an impressive plus-21 rating.

Kyle Turris C OTT 6 Months

Kyle Turris continued his hot streak with two goals and one assist as the Ottawa Senators throttled the Calgary Flames 6-3 on Sunday.

Turris now has 25 goals and 55 points in 74 games (along with 37 PIM and 191 SOG) in 2013-14.

Kyle Turris C OTT 6 Months

Kyle Turris had two assists and a shootout goal, but the Senators could not get past the Florida Panthers Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss.

Turris has four points in his past four games and 51 points through 72 games this season. Turris logged the most ice time he's received since Dec. 16, with over 21 minutes on the ice on Tuesday.

Kyle Turris C OTT 6 Months

Kyle Turris recorded his 22nd goal of the season on Monday night.

He had no goals and two assists in his previous six outings. Turris has already established personal bests this season in goals, assists (27) and points (49).

Kyle Turris C OTT 6 Months

The Senators have re-united Bobby Ryan,Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur on a line for Saturday night's contest against Montreal.

MacArthur is returning to the lineup after missing two games due to a hand injury and Ottawa coach Paul MacLean is hoping he will spark Turris and Ryan who are both slumping. The Sens' top line featuring Jason Spezza between Ales Hemsky and Milan Michalek, has been white hot, and MacLean is hoping the Turris unit will benefit from not playing against the opponents' top checking line.

Kyle Turris C OTT 7 Months

Kyle Turris scored a goal in Ottawa's 4-1 loss to Calgary Wednesday evening.

Turris ended Joni Ortio's shutout bid with 9:36 remaining in the game, but it wasn't enough for Ottawa. Turris now has 20 goals and 25 assists in 63 games this season. He is also +16 this season. Colin Greening and Patrick Wiercioch assisted the lone goal.