The good news for Charlie Coyle is that he's improved his point totals in each of his four full seasons in the league (30, 35, 42, 56), and the great news is that the 2010 first-round pick still has a lot more room to grow. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Coyle combined with Eric Staal to form a towering offensive duo in a conference that tends to play a more physical game, and the two finished fifth and second in team scoring, respectively. Though Coyle was drafted as a center, he's looked very comfortable on the right wing, quietly becoming one of the league's most impressive big-bodied playmakers. He fell back a bit to 18 goals despite his career-high point total last season, but Coyle is a strong candidate to return to his 20-goal ways and clear 60 points with a first-line role on tap.
Coyle was held off of the scoresheet in Sunday's 5-1 preseason loss to Colorado. Although Coyle didn't register any points Sunday, he still logged three hits and had one shot on goal. After recording a career high 56 points in the 2016-17 season, Coyle is one of the more promising young forwards in Minnesota. If the 25-year-old can eliminate the cold streaks that plagued him in the 2016-17 season, he has a great chance of eclipsing the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
Coyle's first-period goal Wednesday against the Blues was the eventual game-winning goal, helping the Wild avoid a sweep. Coyle got a little lucky for his second goal of the series, picking off an ill-advised pass by Jake Allen and giving the Wild a lead they never relinquished. The young forward played a complete game, adding another four shots on goal, two hits, two takeaways and a blocked shot. The Wild often score by committee, so it's hard for fantasy owners to rely on him, but it's also his second goal in as many games; he's heating up at the right time as the Wild look to stave off elimination again in Game 5.
Coyle produced two assists in Thursday's 4-3 road win over the Avalanche. Asserting himself on the attack, Coyle was the primary setup man on goals to Jason Zucker and Nate Prosser in the first period. Coyle's got a nice frame -- he's 6-foot-3, 221 pounds -- but he seems to get overlooked in certain fantasy formats since he's not the flashiest kid on the block. Use that to your advantage in the fantasy realm; 55 points with a plus-13 rating in 81 games should at least be serviceable to many a fantasy owner.
Coyle dished out two helpers Thursday against the Senators. Coyle saw a season-low 11:24 of ice time in this game two nights after topping the 20-minute mark for the first time since Nov. 21, but took advantage of his limited opportunities. While the sudden decrease in playing time likely has to do with Coyle managing just five points in his previous 21 games, his 44 points in the season's first 55 contests show that he's more than capable of building on this performance.
Coyle scored a goal and had three shots on goal in Sunday's loss to Winnipeg. It was just his second goal and fourth point in his last 16 games. Coyle has slumped in March along with the Wild, so it's good to see him finally contribute on the offensive end.
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