Around mid-September Kyle Turris is set to tackle a couple of heavy new responsibilities.

He and wife Julie will become first-time parents, and he will report to his first NHL camp as a No. 1 centre.

The latter could change, of course, if the Senators somehow manage to swing a trade for a prolific middle man between now and then. But as it stands, Turris is the primary candidate to fill the front line job left vacant by the departure of Jason Spezza.

Some say he's not yet a qualified No. 1 centre on a team that hopes to contend. Others believe he was one last season. They argue that Turris, with Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan, was more prominent than Spezza and whoever he was between.

But Turris himself didn't see it quite that way.

Two season ago, when Spezza was injured, Turris was 22 and prematurely forced into the top spot. When Spezza returned in 2013-14, Turris was relieved. He said he enjoyed centring the second line and not having to see the opposition's best defensive players every shift.

He responded with his best NHL season -- 26 goals, 32 assists, 58 points and a plus-22 rating -- and at least part of that had to do with the extra breathing space.