Silver Nuggets: Second Best

Will I use a Kyle Turris picture everyday this week? Who can say. - Abelimages

Kyle Turris' strong play during Jason Spezza's absence last season created excitement about what Turris could do in the number two spot when a healthy Spezza resumed his role as Ottawa's number one centre this season. While it's just been two games, so far Turris hasn't disappointed. In fact, he's looked great while adapting to new linemates Cory Conacher and Clarke MacArthur.

The question then, is just how good can Turris be and where does he rank among other second line centres in the NHL?

The Candidates


Saku Koivu

#11 / Center / Anaheim Ducks

5-10

182

Nov 23, 1974



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Saku Koivu 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5


Patrice Bergeron

#37 / Center / Boston Bruins

6-2

194

Jul 24, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Patrice Bergeron 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2


Steve Ott

#9 / Forward / Buffalo Sabres

6-0

190

Aug 19, 1982



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Steve Ott 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3


Jiri Hudler

#24 / Right Wing / Calgary Flames

5-10

186

Jan 04, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Jiri Hudler 3 2 2 4 1 0 1 0 0 5


Andrew Shaw

#65 / Center / Chicago Blackhawks

5-10

180

Jul 20, 1991



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Andrew Shaw 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3


Paul Stastny

#26 / Center / Colorado Avalanche

6-0

205

Dec 27, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Paul Stastny 2 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 4


Tyler Seguin

#91 / Center / Dallas Stars

6-1

182

Jan 31, 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Tyler Seguin 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2


Mike Richards

#10 / Center / Los Angeles Kings

5-11

196

Feb 11, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Mike Richards 2 0 0 0 -2 2 0 0 0 3


Kyle Brodziak

#21 / Center / Minnesota Wild

6-2

208

May 25, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Kyle Brodziak 2 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 6


Matt Cullen

#7 / Center / Nashville Predators

6-1

200

Nov 02, 1976



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Matt Cullen 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2


Mike Ribeiro

#63 / Center / Phoenix Coyotes

6-0

177

Feb 10, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Mike Ribeiro 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3


Joe Pavelski

#8 / Center / San Jose Sharks

5-11

190

Jul 11, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Joe Pavelski 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 9


Derek Roy

#12 / Center / St. Louis Blues

5-9

184

May 04, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Derek Roy 2 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 4


Ryan Kesler

#17 / Center / Vancouver Canucks

6-2

202

Aug 31, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Ryan Kesler 3 1 0 1 -2 9 0 0 0 13


Olli Jokinen

#12 / Center / Winnipeg Jets

6-2

210

Dec 05, 1978



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Olli Jokinen 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 5


Jordan Staal

#11 / Center / Carolina Hurricanes

6-4

220

Sep 10, 1988



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Jordan Staal 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2


Artem Anisimov

#42 / Center / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-4

200

May 24, 1988



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Artem Anisimov 2 1 0 1 -1 2 0 0 0 4


Stephen Weiss

#90 / Center / Detroit Red Wings

5-11

190

Apr 03, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Stephen Weiss 3 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 4


Marcel Goc

#57 / Nashville Predators

6-1

197

Aug 24, 1983



David Desharnais

#51 / Center / Montreal Canadiens

5-7

170

Sep 14, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - David Desharnais 2 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1


Adam Henrique

#14 / Center / New Jersey Devils

6-0

195

Feb 06, 1990



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Adam Henrique 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 5


Frans Nielsen

#51 / Center / New York Islanders

6-1

180

Apr 24, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Frans Nielsen 2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 6


Brad Richards

#19 / Center / New York Rangers

6-0

196

May 02, 1980



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Brad Richards 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4


Sean Couturier

#14 / Center / Philadelphia Flyers

6-3

197

Dec 07, 1992



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Sean Couturier 3 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 0 4


Evgeni Malkin

#71 / Center / Pittsburgh Penguins

6-3

195

Jul 31, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Evgeni Malkin 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 4


Valtteri Filppula

#51 / Center / Tampa Bay Lightning

6-0

195

Mar 20, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Valtteri Filppula 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2


Nazem Kadri

#43 / Center / Toronto Maple Leafs

6-0

188

Oct 06, 1990



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Nazem Kadri 3 1 2 3 -2 2 1 0 0 4


Mikhail Grabovski

#84 / Center / Washington Capitals

5-11

183

Jan 31, 1984



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2013 - Mikhail Grabovski 3 3 2 5 -1 0 2 0 0 7


*Candidacy determined by TOI; Edmonton pretty much has no centres so the Oilers didn't make the list

The Verdict

I think Turris is is among the best second line centres in the league. He filled in admirably for Spezza last season and when his possession numbers and team-friendly cap hit are also taken into account, Turris is easily one of the top five second line centres in the league.

Where would you rank Turris? Which players would you rank ahead of Turris? I would rank Malkin, Bergeron, and Pavelski ahead of him.


Have you say in the comment section!

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