The Minnesota Wild made a pair of roster moves today, recalling one player from the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Houston Aeros, and placing another on Injured Reserve.
The Wild has recalled forward Charlie Coyle from the Aeros and placed defenseman Jared Spurgeon on Injured Reserve.
Coyle has registered 24 points (14-10=24) including five power-play goals and 22 penalty minutes in 44 games with Houston during his first season of professional hockey. The 20-year-old ranks second on the team in goals and tied for third in scoring. The 6-foot-2, 222-pound native of East Weymouth, Mass., notched 14 points (3-11=14) in 16 games with Boston University last season before finishing the season with Saint John in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) where he recorded 38 points (15-23=38) and a plus-23 rating in 23 games. Coyle added 34 points (15-19=34) in 17 playoff games and earned the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs as the Sea Dogs won the QMJHL playoff title. He also tallied five points (4-1=5) in six games for the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship.
Coyle tallied 26 points (7-19=26) in 37 games with Boston University in 2010-11 and was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year. He recorded six points (2-4=6) in six games to help the United States win a bronze medal at 2011 World Junior Championship. Coyle was acquired by Minnesota from the San Jose Sharks along with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first round pick (Zack Phillips) in exchange for Brent Burns and a 2012 second round pick on June 24, 2011. He will wear jersey No. 63 with Minnesota.
Spurgeon has missed the last five games with a lower body injured suffered against Nashville on Jan. 22.