LOS ANGELES – With the 28th overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke selected right wing Charlie Coyle.
Coyle spent last season with South Shore in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, where he was named Rookie of the Year. He is scheduled to attend Boston University in the fall.
With South Shore, Coyle posted 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) and 50 penalty minutes in 42 games.
The six-foot-two, 202-pound native of Weymouth, MA was ranked 24th among North American Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
“He’s a smart, versatile player with size and strength and he can make plays,” said Burke. “He was the best player available to us and we’re happy to have him.”
Coyle, the cousin of former NHL players Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan, was selected to represent his country at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial as well as the 2009 Four Nations Cup where he scored the overtime winner against Switzerland wrapping up the tournament title for the U.S. with a 3-0 record.
He received the 2010 John Carlton Award, given to an outstanding male student-athlete in an Eastern Massachusetts high school or junior hockey program
The Sharks currently hold five selections on Day Two of the 2010 NHL Entry, which will resume tomorrow at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Currently the Sharks have picks in the third (88th overall), fifth (127th, 129th, 136th overall) and seventh round (188th overall).