The Minnesota Wild
on Thursday signed 2010 first-round pick Charlie Coyle
to a three-year, entry level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
The East Weymouth, Mass., native started this season as a sophomore at Boston University. But after representing the United States for the second straight year at the World Junior Championship, Coyle joined the defending Memorial Cup-winning Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he's played on the same line with fellow Wild prospect Zack Phillips
, who's sixth in the QMJHL in scoring.
Coyle and Phillips have been a potent tandem, with Coyle scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists in just 16 games.
“Point-wise I think obviously we’re both doing pretty good and we’re winning so I think it’s working for everyone,” Coyle told the Wild's website of playing with Phillips. “I think we complement each other pretty good. Hopefully we stick together. I think we work well together."
Coyle had four goals in six games with Team USA at the World Juniors after going 3-11-14 in 16 games for BU.
Coyle was originally a first-round pick by San Jose, but was dealt to the Wild on draft day last June along with Devin Setoguchi
and a first-round pick that turned out to be Phillips in exchange for defenseman Brent Burns