BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 20, that the team has acquired forward Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The pick becomes a fourth-round selection (NYR) should the Bruins advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"The Bruins are excited to add Charlie Coyle to our immediate lineup," said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney.
"Charlie brings unique qualities to our team - he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed. Charlie will provide the necessary depth in all areas of our game as we continue to battle for a playoff position. Charlie is a player our entire organization believes can help us now and moving forward. The Bruins also want to thank Ryan Donato for his contributions to our organization, and we wish him much success in his NHL career. He is a special young man with a bright future in the league."
Coyle, 26, has produced 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points with a plus-one rating in 60 games with Minnesota this season.
In 2017-18, Coyle tallied 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points with a plus-eight rating in 66 games with Minnesota. That was following a career-best offensive season for the 6-foot-3, 220-pound forward, who notched 18 goals and 38 assists for 56 points while playing in all 82 regular season games in 2016-17. Coyle set a career high in goals with 21 tallies in 2015-16, to go along with 21 assists. He also skated in all 82 games with Minnesota in 2014-15, recording 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points with a plus-13 rating.
Over his seven-year NHL career, Coyle has skated in 479 NHL games, compiling 91 goals and 151 assists for 242 points. He has added seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 44 career postseason games.
Prior to turning pro, Coyle spent two seasons at Boston University from 2010-12, where he amassed 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points in 53 games. He also spent one season with the South Shore Kings of the EJHL in 2009-10, tallying 21 goals and 42 assists for 63 points in 42 appearances.
The East Weymouth, Massachusetts native was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On June 25, 2011, he was traded by San Jose, along with Devin Setoguchi and a first-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Zack Phillips) to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Brent Burns and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (Pontus Aberg, Nashville).
Donato, 22, has six goals and three assists in 34 appearances with Boston this season. He also has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 18 AHL games with Providence.
In 2017-18, following his junior season at Harvard, the 6-foot, 181-pound forward appeared in 12 regular season games with Boston, tallying five goals and four assists for 9 points. He also skated in three postseason games. Donato was a finalist for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the best collegiate hockey player, after leading Harvard in scoring, recording 26 goals (4th in NCAA) and 17 assists for 43 points with a plus-15 rating in 29 games. He surpassed his previous career highs of 21 goals, 19 assists and 40 points while playing in seven fewer games.
Donato missed four of Harvard's games to represent Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he appeared in all five of the team's games. He finished tied for the most goals in the Olympics with five, while his six points led all American players.
The Scituate, Massachusetts native was originally selected by the Bruins in the second round (56th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.