(Photo Courtesy of Michael Cummo)
Center/Wing 6'2", 220 Pounds
Boston University (Hockey East) 7 Goals 19 Assists in 37 Games
Man, it seems like forever since Minnesota's had some quality Top-6 Forward prospects in their system- and Charlie Coyle is as quality a prospect as they get. The Weymouth, Massachusetts native became Wild property as a result of the Draft Day trade with San Jose, and according to Chuck Fletcher, that deal doesn't get made if Coyle isn't involved.
He had an up and down year at Boston University (which is where he dreamed of playing as a kid) but shone at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, where he tied for the team lead in points with 6 points in 6 games. He was named the Top Forward for the US team. Coyle will be counted upon to be one of the driving forces for the 2011 Edition of the US World Junior Championship team, and impressed again at the recent Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid.
My favorite quote about Coyle's play comes from the immensely respected Chris Peters of United States of Hockey: "Coyle...my gosh is he good."
As it stands, the plan for Coyle is to play another season for Jack Parker in Boston- but considering his pro-ready size, his game, and his commitment and dedication, I wouldn't be surprised to see Coyle in Houston on an Amateur Try-Out Agreement once the Terriers' season ends.