DENVER -- If Charlie Coyle plays the way he knows he can play, which is the way he played against the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, he'll be the Minnesota Wild's answer to left wing Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks in their Western Conference Second Round series.
The St. Louis Blues didn't have a big, physical, grinding, fast and offensively capable wing in their group of top-six forwards to match the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Bickell in the first round. Bickell eventually wore down the Blues and had two goals and an assist during the final three games of the series, all Chicago wins.
Coyle can match Bickell, especially when he's playing on the first line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise. He's 6-3, 221 pounds and he has speed, skill and, now, enough confidence to use his big body to create havoc.