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A highly touted prospect prior to the 2007 entry draft, Kyle Turris was selected third overall by the Phoenix Coyotes and has not lived up to the high expectations set for him by scouts and fans. He is now 21 years old and has played 131 games in the National Hockey League, posting a total of 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points.
Turris has showcased his high-end offensive abilities at the AHL level, where he notched 24 goals and added 39 assists in 76 games during the 2009-10 season. The problem for him has been translating those skills to the NHL.
Turris is beginning to show signs of improvement, however, as demonstrated by his 25 points in 65 games last season, a slight improvement on the 20 points he registered the year before. He has also put on some weight, which should help him handle the rigors of the NHL. His lanky physique was one of the main knocks on him when he initially joined the Coyotes.
After playing a bottom-six role for the majority of last season, Turris will likely have the opportunity to compete for a top-six spot in training camp. If he can hold down the second-line center position next year, he will have the breakout season we have all been waiting for.