Kyle Turris: The Next Jeremy Roenick?

Derek PivkoCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 08:  Kyle Turris #91 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the New York Islanders on March 8, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles defeated the Coyotes 3-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The future of the Phoenix Coyotes continues to look brighter by the day.

The Coyotes are on the verge of becoming a power house in the Western Conference. If you think this year is a fluke season for the Coyotes think again.

The best is yet to come for the Phoenix Coyotes.

The future of the Coyotes currently skates in San Antonio, Texas.

Kyle Turris, 20, is currently playing for the San Antonio Rampage the AHL affiliate for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Turris is in a win-win situation.

The Coyotes do not need to rush bringing in their top prospect to their lineup. Instead, the third overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft can continue to strengthen his skills in San Antonio before he gets called up to the Coyotes.

Despite being 20-years-old, Turris has already appeared in 66 games registering eight goals and 13 assists.

There is a difference between last year’s Coyotes squad and this season’s team. Last year’s Coyotes were inexperienced and had a coach who is considered to be the greatest player of all-time, but couldn’t translate winning as a player into a coach.

Turris appeared in 63 games last season as former Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky froze out his welcome in Phoenix. Turris was rushed into the organization.

However, fast forward to a year later with a new coach and new players and the Coyotes have turned around the organization. With a new coaching landscape, the Coyotes have been able to successfully fill in the holes that were left open last year.

Turris, for the first time in his career, is now able to practice his skills in AHL which will benefit him in the long-run. In 31 games with the Rampage this season, Turris has registered seven goals and 15 assists. His 22 points rank him third on the team.

Turris stands at an intimidating 6-1, the same height of former Coyote great and future first ballot NHL Hall of Famer, Jeremy Roenick.

Roenick played 18 seasons in the NHL and six of those seasons came as a Phoenix Coyote. The nine time All-Star is considered one of the greatest Coyotes of all-time.

What made Roenick so great was his determination, he never gave up. Throughout his entire career, Roenick played on the top line while battling injuries.

Despite being considered one of the greatest Coyotes of all-time he also considered to be one of the greatest American born players to ever play in the NHL.

Turris is only at the beginning of his career and he has a lot to learn, but he also has a lot to offer as well. When Turris does return to the Coyotes probably next season, the Coyotes will receive a future top-line center.

Any team would love to have Turris on their team as the future looks bright for Turris as he continues to excel in San Antonio.

It is only a matter of time before Turris becomes the face of the Phoenix Coyotes.


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