With 66 NHL games under his belt, Kyle Turris doesn’t really qualify as an NHL prospect does he? But there he is, toiling away in the AHL with other prospects.


Expect Turris, the No. 4 prospect on Dobber’s latest ranking of the top 215 Fantasy Hockey Prospects, to stay there for more seasoning because he needs it. The Phoenix Coyotes have realized they need to be more patient with their talented first-round draft pick from 2007. If you’re a fantasy GM who owns Turris, you need to be patient, too. Don’t get discouraged that he’s been demoted to the AHL after playing almost a full season in the NHL last year as a 19-year-old.


If it strikes you as odd that Turris ended up in the NHL last year, and is in the AHL this year, it should -- because that certainly wasn’t the plan three years ago.


During his draft year, there was a lot of people who questioned his decision to play junior A instead of suiting up for the Memorial Cup host Vancouver Giants. In retrospect, junior A was the right place for him because he was a skinny kid, but got to play prime-time minutes for the Burnaby Express.


His plan was to go to college and stay for a few years while he gained strength and put on weight.  But then, he went pro after his freshman season. It was was puzzling because he wasn’t ready for the NHL and he gave up a chance to play for the Memorial Cup hosts to play just one year of college hockey.


Turris is the real deal, but playing in the AHL this year will help in the long run, because he’s going to excel at what he does best and that’s score. He has 18 points in 25 games, including five in his last six, which sits him fourth on San Antonio. But that's second behind Kevin Porter in terms of players who have a future in the NHL.


When he gets back to the NHL, which will be in 2011-12 barring a huge camp next fall, expect Turris to produce. Despite his slight frame, Turris is a gritty player. Turris’s dad, Bruce is a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. As a kid, Kyle played lacrosse and was a football quarterback.


Rick Lanz, a former NHLer with the Canucks and Maple Leafs, was Turris’s coach with Burnaby. Lanz said Turris has the ability to elevate his game in clutch situations and will fight through adversity.


“The kid has got some serious strong determined will to succeed,” Lanz said before Turris was drafted.


That, more than his elite skills and hockey sense, is what sets him apart from many other prospects.

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Ryan Van Horne said:

Thanks Thanks for the kind welcome everyone. Looking forward to doing this and hope to have some good discussions on prospects.
December 19, 2009
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Ice Hawk said:

... Good read, RVH. Look forward to reading more.
December 13, 2009
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Chandan Singh said:

Welcome! Welcome buddy, and thanks! Looking forward to your future insights!
December 13, 2009
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Rob said:

NHL ready when?! Did I just read 2011 - 2012? I need him in next season for 50 points! Anyone care to give me the odds of Turris getting 50 points in the NHL in 2010-2011?
December 12, 2009
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Ryan said:

Good job Ryan I like this new writer. His first article covers a Coyote! I watched Turris all last year and he was largely out of his league, but occasionally showed flashes of brilliance. He has a high ceiling, but needs to fill out.
December 12, 2009
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DuklaNation said:

... Given his performance in the AHL season, the odds that Turris is a bust has gone up substantially. If he doesnt improve next season, write him off.
December 12, 2009
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DireW said:

patience I owned him in my keeper since he was draft in 2007. I hope the wait will payback in time.
December 12, 2009
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agentzero said:

Great First Piece Thanks, Ryan, Very good article on Turris. I like to see comments from ex coaches or scouts and other sources than the media, basically. I appreciate the insight. Thanks. Just confirms that I will strengthen my efforts to acquire him from a potentially soured GM in my league.
December 12, 2009
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Steffen Knippel said:

Welcome Nice piece. Welcome to the pantheon.
December 12, 2009
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SD said:

Turris, where are you? Many people forgot about Turris after he was sent to the AHL. It is nice to hear he still has some upside because many in the fantasy leagues have dropped him and gave up on Turris. With all the talent in Phoenix I would not be surprised if they competed for the cup in a few years.
December 12, 2009
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Rossi said:

Dean Youngblood
Welcome Aboard Van Horne Good first article. I hope the water wasn't too cold as you got your feet wet. I look forward to reading more of your stuff.
December 12, 2009
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