Who is Charlie Coyle?

BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 30: Charlie Coyle #3 and Chris Kreider #19 of the United States celebrate Kreider's goal in the second period against Niklas Treutle #1 of Germany during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between United States and Germany at the HSBC Arena on December 30 2010 in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

After a few hours of just sitting there after the Jonas Brodin selection, Wild fans began to get bored. But then, Gary Bettman walks up slowly and many fans knew in their gut it was something to do with the Wild.

And in a few words, the Minnesota Wild changed a major part of its franchise.

Brent Burns and a second-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first-round pick.

We all know who Devin Setoguchi is, but who the hell is Charlile Coyle?

Take the jump!

Charlie Coyle

#0 / Center / San Jose Sharks



Mar 02, 1992

2010 - Boston University Terriers
37 7 19 26

NHL Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston (via NHL.com)

"Charlie is a skilled forward, who can play a power game as well as a finesse game. He has very good size and athleticism. He has very soft hands and is a confident puck handler. His passes are accurate and proper for the situation. He has a long and strong stride and beats defenders with his acceleration and puck skills. He has a very good wrist shot to support his passing skills in his role as a major contributor to his team's offense. He should, however, shoot the puck more than he does to take advantage of his excellent shot."

So who is Charlie Coyle?

He's a skilled forward that has a good overall skill set. He can skate, can shoot and can stickhandle. Not only that, he has the size to complement all of that and bring it all together. He's a good 6-2 205 lbs and is versatile enough to play all forward positions.

One of the major concerns coming into the 2010 draft for Coyle was his experience playing against tougher competition. He played in EJHL which is a very unknown league but in his freshman year with the Boston University Terriers, he has produced nicely.

He played for Team USA-20 and won a gold medal. Not only that, he was named U20 WJC Top 3 Player on Team.

Keep going? He was named NCAA (Hockey East) Rookie of the Year and NCAA (Hockey East) All-Rookie Team

Coyle is just a good all-round forward who has all the tools to become a very effective player in the NHL. He has NHL size, good speed, good two-way game and great work ethic. We will have a great time watching him develop!

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