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2007 Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Kyle Turris

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
From May 7 through June 15, will be profiling 30 of the top prospects in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in alphabetical order. Check back daily Monday through Friday, to learn more about the players who could become first round draft picks of the club. Philadelphia has two first round picks, including the second choice overall.

The 2007 NHL Entry Draft takes place on June 22 and 23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Kyle Turris
2007 Team: Burnaby (BCHL)
Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’0’’
Weight: 170
DOB: 8-14-89

2007 Statistics
GP: 53    G: 66    A: 55    PTS: 121    PIM: 83

The top-ranked skater in North America according to Central Scouting, Kyle Turris is known for his offensive wizardry and could very well be chosen first or second overall in the upcoming draft according to several media outlets.

Turris recently finished up his season in the Tier 2 BCHL with Burnaby and dominated the league, taking home MVP honors in the process. His accurate shot and quick release are among his strengths, as are his skating and his ability to perform in the clutch. He isn’t afraid of contact, although his transition to the NHL may take a couple of years as he still has to put on some weight and strength before he can handle the physicality of the pro ranks. He is slated to begin his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin next season.

Turris reached 50-goal plateau in 39 games and had 13 multiple-point games (including three games with four goals) in 2006-07; was second in the BCHL in scoring during the regular season; had 26 points in 14 playoff games in 2007 (12G, 14A); won the Royal Bank Cup in 2006 (Canada’s National Tier 2 Junior Championship) with the Burnaby Express and was named the Tournament MVP after posting 13 points (7G, 6A) in six games, including a hat trick in the final game; was a member of Team Canada’s Under-18 Team in 2006 – had a goal and an assist in helping Canada win gold at the Junior World Cup; represented Team Canada at the 2007 Under-18 World Championships in Finland; and played 57 games with the Express last season posting 72 points (36G, 36A).

The Flyers say…
“Kyle Turris is one of those guys that is in the top of the draft class. He’s going to be a good one. He’s a smart, competitive, two-way center right now, and he can play both ends of the rink. He’s got some offense in his game, kind of like a Joe Sakic type. He needs to get stronger and mature physically, but he’s a good all-around player that is going to be in that early group.”
– Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor

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