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AHL boss on prospect Coyle: “He’s going to make an impact on the Wild”

Nov 19, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Charlie Coyle

If John Torchetti is right, Charlie Coyle will play a big role in Minnesota this season.

“He’s going to make an impact on the Wild for two reasons,” said Torchetti, who’s currently coaching Coyle in AHL Houston. “He’s no-maintenance, high-character and he is so good, so willing defensively.”

Torchetti knows what it takes to be successful in the pros. He’s been a head coach in both Florida and Los Angeles and an assistant in Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Chicago, winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.

In Coyle, Torchetti sees a player primed to make an impact in the NHL this season (whenever it begins.)

The 20-year-old center is lighting it up for the Aeros, leading the team in scoring while being dubbed the “most consistent, complete forward night in and night out since the start of the year.”

The Wild acquired Coyle from San Jose in last June’s Brent BurnsDevin Setoguchi trade. A year earlier, San Jose made Coyle the 28th overall selection of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, then watched him score 26 points in 37 games as a freshman at Boston University.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson was loathe to move such a highly-skilled talent, but knew he had to give to get Burns.

Here’s more, from the Sporting News:

When Wilson alerted Coyle that he’d been dealt, he handed the phone over to Sharks director of scouting Tim Burke, one of the NHL’s best talent evaluators. He’s probably the guy in the organization who knows Coyle best, and there was real emotion on the other line as Burke relayed the reasoning behind the deal.

“They were saying, ‘This is pretty emotional. We don’t want to do this,’ ” Coyle told Sporting News.

The Wild are glad they did.

Head coach Mike Yeo and Aeros GM Jim Mill told the Minnesota Star-Tribune that Coyle has a major chance of making the Wild if/when the lockout ends.

“He’s adapted to the pro game so quickly,” Mill said.

  1. mnwildfan15 - Nov 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I think the lockout is hurting MN fans the most, all this talent and yet no hockey. All because of our gutless owner,spending all of his wife’s money, wants to go back on his word. YOU SIGNED THE CONTRACTS TOO, HONOR THEM!!!

    • lordfletcher - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      The Wild fans may have the most to gain from the lockout “if” they’re patient. The Wild would be a mid-lower seed playoff team if the season were to start tomorrow… lets say their isn’t a season and the Wild are now potentially starring a top 5 pick in the eye. With the last 3 seasons they have had and take in to effect the lockout lottery (playoffs / drafting previous years / etc.) the Wild will get 3 ping pong balls and then the rest is all luck. Not too mention allowing the young talent stay in Houston with zero pressure but all the time to learn, great situation.

      teams will older great talent have a lot to lose. Teams like Detroit cannot replace a year on players aging.

      Our owner Mr. Leipold stands some of the most to lose with his team not on the ice and at least $24 million straight down the drain and zero return on the bonuses given this summer… I haven’t seen any sources claim that Craig wants to back out of the contracts he was given, has this happened or are you just upset and blowing off some steam in potentially the wrong direction ????

      -Wild Fan

  2. joeyashwi - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I agree

  3. rainyday56 - Nov 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    He’ll get his chance Dec. 3.

  4. bruinns78 - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Boston Mass Kid nice to see him on his way.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM


  6. mnwildfan15 - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Wild fan or wild gm?? Lordfletcher sounds more like chuck fletcher

    • lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      what possibly gave that away 😉

      Huge fan and STH since 2000′. I am known to buy beer for fellow Wild fans, ‘lostpuppysyndrome’ can vouch for me… even tho he is a Wild / Jet’s fan

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        That I can! A generous fellow indeed. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to return the kindness, and sooner rather than later.

        If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: I’ll cheer my heart out for the Wild any night of the week, unless they’re playing the Jets. I can’t wait for realignment. Future looks bright for both teams.

  7. seals1 - Nov 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM


    Are you peanut guy also?

    • lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      no clue who that is or if I am falling into a joke.

      I have only the one name (LordFletcher) , I don’t troll THAT hard :)

  8. mnwildfan15 - Nov 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Wasn’t there cash calls made to investors twice to pay for the bonuses?? There is a lot of frustration and not just from fans W. 7th is hurting too. We just want our hockey back please.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      correct. The investors just made their payments to Craig, so in theory, he is doing just fine… or in time will.

      The people who are getting hit the hardest is and always will be the fans and people who need the NHL running for their jobs. I miss 7th street, and Cossetta’s <—- SO GOOD!!!!

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