The Minnesota Wild suffered a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, but there was one small bright spot in the loss: rookie Charlie Coyle scored his first NHL goal in just his sixth game. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Wild in February as they haven’t been able to win (or lose) with much consistency.
The team began the month with three losses, won two games, lost two games, won two more games and then suffered the most recent loss in Calgary. Coyle has already shown that he can be a contributor at the highest level, and he is not only seeing a lot of ice time but also spent some time on the team’s top line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise.
The Wild acquired Coyle in a trade with the San Jose Sharks and the young forward continues to find success at each level he plays at. He played a season and a half for Boston University before deciding to try his luck in the QMJHL. In just 23 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs, Coyle scored 15 goals and added 23 assists as well as another 15 goals and 34 points in 17 postseason games. He started this season in the AHL with the Houston Aeros, where he scored 14 goals and added 11 assists in 47 games.
Coyle brings great size (6-2, 207) at the forward position and will be an important part of the team’s future. He may not spend the entire season with the Wild, but for now he and his Aeros teammate Jason Zucker will get an extended look if they continue to produce offensively.