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Wild lose Coyle for 3-4 weeks, recall Zucker

Oct 6, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild announced that they recalled Jason Zucker from the AHL after learning that Charlie Coyle (pictured) will miss three-to-four weeks with a sprained knee.

No doubt, that’s a tough loss for the Wild, who were playing Coyle, 21, as a second-line forward. Some were expecting him to have a breakout sophomore season, which is still possible even though he might not be back until November.

As often happens with sports, one man’s loss is another player’s gain. Zucker, 21, was one of the final cuts for the Wild out of training camp after an up-and-down preseason.

Wild blog Hockey Wilderness surmises that Mikael Granlund might benefit from Coyle’s injury, too:

With Coyle out, This most likely means that Mikael Granlund will be shifted to 2nd line center, and Jason Zucker has been recalled from Iowa. He had been nursing his groin injury until a couple of days ago, so hopefully it will not be an issue. It will be interesting to see what happens once Coyle comes back and who gets shifted back to the AHL.

Granlund, also 21, has been considered a player to watch pretty often lately, so the bright side is that some other young players will get some extra responsibilities.

In the grand scheme of things, the Wild can’t be pleased, though.

  1. lordfletcher - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:20 PM


    luckily its early in the season but damn, not good news for us Wild fans. Coyle was looking like a monster waiting to put up points very soon in bunches

  2. swenny19 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Except when he makes two huge defensive errors in 5 seconds to allow the kings to tie in the 3rd! That was just awful. Usually a good player though just needs to get away from those young player mistakes.

  3. vstar1us - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    It is sad to see a good young player get hurt early. The way the Wild are playing it might be good for him to rest up, because they can’t stop anyone.

    • allday420ap - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      have you even watched the games? could have been wins easily

      • lordfletcher - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        did the Wild give up 30 goals or something, what have I missed?

        Let’s be honest, the reason why the Wild are not 2-0 is because the top line hasn’t scored, and scored enough. giving up 2 goals a game in regulation is something I would take each and every night.

        All of that said, it’s been two games out of an entire season…. #pumpthebreaks

  4. TBaySlim - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    some one explain to me why people are so high on this guy….hes never been a monster scorer in the minors, he had only 14 points in 37 games last year, 8g and 6 assits, no goals in the playoffs and only a plus 3 total last year, i mean at that rate over 82 game season its 31 points…i really dont see why this guy is so highly touted, in my opinion i see a lot of James Sheperd in this guy….can some one tell me other wise?

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      That fourteen points was the most of any of our rookie forwards last year. When people say they think he’ll be a “monster,” it’s not strictly because of how many points they think he’ll put up. I think he’ll be a dependable 50-60 point guy myself. What people are so excited about is his combination of physicality, good two-way play (apart from the occasional rookie mistake), and, lately, the way he’s been able to generate chances. In the preseason and the first two regular season games this year, Coyle, was an absolute monster on the forecheck. He was arguably our best offensive forward against LA, and he generated quite a few quality chances in both games. That’s what people are excited about; he looks like he could be a pretty good second line center this year, and possibly even a first line guy in a year or two. He reminds me a bit of Milan Lucic or Dustin Brown, if you’re looking for a player comparison.

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