Mar 24, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Turris ready to take on role as Senators' top center

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Kyle Turris is ready and eager to advance into the role as the Ottawa Senators’ No. 1 center.

In the past, Turris had experience taking on the role when former top center Jason Spezza was sidelined after undergoing back surgery.

“I definitely think I’ve learned a lot over the past two years from those experiences, from being put into that role when Spezza 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.”

Turris is ready to take on the challenge and is confident in his abilities, believing that he has exactly what it takes to play the role. He doubled his previous career high this past season with 58 points with 26 goals and 32 assists and had a plus-22 rating. This definitely proves that his skillset is where it needs to be to take on the position.

The Senators finished fifth in the Atlantic Division and was only five points out of becoming the second Eastern Division wildcard to make it to the playoffs.

“I think we’ve got a definite playoff team, and not just a playoff team, I feel we’ve got a group that can make a run in the playoffs,” Turris said. “I definitely feel we have a real good team.”

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