Skip to content

Charlie Coyle looks to be Minnesota’s next breakout star

Aug 20, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

Charlie Coyle AP

One of the things that helped attract Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to Minnesota last summer was the wealth of young talent in the Wild pipeline. Last season, a few of those guys had a chance to show what they were made of.

You know all about Calder Trophy finalist defenseman Jonas Brodin by now, but the guy who might be the biggest key is forward Charlie Coyle.

Coyle broke out last season and earned a spot on the Wild’s top line playing right wing alongside Parise and Mikko Koivu. After tallying eight goals and six assists in 37 games and adding two more helpers in the playoffs, he showed that he’s got the game to keep up with the big boys.

This season, Coyle could start as the team’s second line center but will have to beat out fellow top prospect Mikael Granlund to do it.

Before you question that, know that Coyle’s natural position is at the pivot and both he and Granlund have tremendous offensive upside. After seeing Granlund bounce between the Wild and the AHL last season, you have to think Coyle has the advantage.

What’s important to note here is that one of those two players has to step up for the Wild to be a playoff team again. Minnesota’s dedication to them ensured that Matt Cullen would leave as a free agent, signing with Nashville for two years.

Kyle Brodziak is a solid centerman, but if the Wild are counting on him to play on the second line should Coyle or Granlund struggle, that’s a bad sign. If there’s something a team counting on young players to step up doesn’t need it’s seeing both of their top prospects fall short of expectations.

Given what Coyle showed last season and the confidence GM Chuck Fletcher and coach Mike Yeo have shown in him, things are looking up for fans in Minnesota.

Latest Posts
  1. Sens’ Karlsson will accept captaincy if offered

    Aug 19, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Erik Karlsson AP

    He’s not going out of his way for it, however.

  2. Fanspeak: Messier voted greatest Ranger in franchise history

    Aug 19, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Mark Messier Getty Images

    You earn a lot of votes winning a Stanley Cup.

  3. Under pressure: Rick Nash

    Aug 19, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Rick Nash Getty Images

    He had a down season and worse playoffs last year.

  4. Looking to make the leap: J.T. Miller

    Aug 19, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

    JT MIller

    Can the former 15th overall pick establish himself as a full-time NHLer?

  5. Senators sign MacArthur to five-year, $23.25 million extension

    Aug 19, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    Clarke MacArthur Getty Images

    He was second on the team in goals last season.

  6. Numbers game: Leafs hire assistant to GM, analytics team

    Aug 19, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Brendan Shanahan; Tim Leiweke; Dave Nonis AP

    Capology and Corsi gone wild in Toronto.

  7. NHL announces 2014 preseason schedule

    Aug 19, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT

    NHL logo

    It’s 105 games long and — perhaps most importantly — starts in just 33 days.

  8. Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky

    Aug 19, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

    Charles Wang Getty Images

    Pending NHL Board of Governors approval.

  9. Malone pleads no contest to DUI; cocaine possession charge could be dismissed

    Aug 19, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT

    Ryan Malone AP

    And his agent says NHL teams are now expressing an interest.

  10. Poll: Who should be the next Rangers captain?

    Aug 19, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT

    Ryan McDonagh Getty Images

    It’s quite the honor to wear the “C” on Broadway.

  11. Report: Rangers re-sign prospect Kristo

    Aug 19, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    Former North Dakota star had 25 goals for AHL Hartford last year.

  12. Tomas Kaberle aims for NHL return

    Aug 19, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders Getty Images

    There are murmurs about a training camp tryout.

  13. It’s New York Rangers day on PHT

    Aug 19, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist AP

    An offseason full of change for the 2014 Stanley Cup finalists.

  14. Fanspeak: Ovechkin voted greatest player in Caps’ history

    Aug 18, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin AP

    He’ll probably own most of the franchise’s major records by next season.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches