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Wild return Coyle to AHL

Thursday, 02.14.2013 / 1:58 PM

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Wild return Coyle to AHL

The Minnesota Wild have returned top prospect Charlie Coyle to their American Hockey League team, the Houston Aeros.

Coyle played right wing on the team's top line the past five games, but did not have any points, had six shots on goal and was a minus-1.

Despite those numbers, Wild coach Mike Yeo said he was happy with how Coyle performed.

"I think that this is a guy who is going to contribute and help us be a better hockey team for a long time," Yeo said. "Right now we have a lot of guys but he's proven that he's capable of coming in and doing a really good job for us.

"Obviously, we have a healthy group here and we want to give [Pierre-Marc Bouchard] a chance to respond tonight. It's probably as much timing and numbers as anything else because he's done a very good job. But at the same time, we have some guys here that we know what they're capable of, so let's give them a chance to go do it."

In 44 AHL games this season, Coyle has 14 goals and 10 assists. A 2010 first-round pick by the San Jose Sharks, he was acquired by the Wild as part of the Brent Burns trade.

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