Turris scored his third goal and dished out an assist in Tuesday's 7-4 win over Arizona.
After a two-goal opener, the 27-year-old pivot was held off the scoresheet for two games before posting another multi-point effort against the Coyotes, who drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick back in 2007. Turris had an ineffective 2015-16 campaign shortened by injury, but he's come back looking much more like the version of himself that we saw in the two prior seasons, suggesting that a return to his old 60-point level could be in the offing.
Turris scored twice -- including the game-winning tally -- on four shots during Wednesday's 5-4 overtime thriller against Toronto.
Welcome back, Kyle Turris. The top-line center hasn't notched a goal since December 2014, as he missed most of last season due to a high-ankle sprain. The 27-year-old didn't miss a beat, and the clutch gene is welcomed by the Sens, as they missed out on quite a few wins late last year that cost them a shot at the playoffs. The 2007 No. 3 pick is going to be a consistent threat in his ninth season as he takes the ice next to offensive threats Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman.
Turris picked up an assist and a plus-2 rating during Thursday's 4-3 preseason overtime victory against Montreal.
Most importantly, Turris was on ice for 18:26, showing no ill effects of the ankle injury that ended his season prematurely last year. Still the man at the helm, the 27-year-old is hungry for a bounce-back campaign now one year removed from a 64-point season.
Turris was expected to make a full recovery, and now returns to a team that is eager for a bounce-back year. The 27-year-old is entrenched on the top line after back-to-back productive campaigns (58 and 64 points) before last season's 13 goals and 17 assists in 57 contests. The center should have no issues returning to glory with Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone flanking the wings, allowing owners to feel safe when drafting the 2007 first-round pick.
Turris may have been able to challenge his third straight 50-point campaign, but high-ankle sprains can linger for an extended period of time and that closed the book on his season. While the 26-year-old was unable to reach his full potential this year, a full offseason of rehab and practice should push the center back into his top-line role. However, with a new head coach rolling in for the Sens (still to be named), it'll be interesting to see how the lineups will be formulated next season.