'Sir Charles' aiming to take next step

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2012 - 6:54 AM

Charlie Coyle has the size, skills and pedigree, but he knows that hard work is his best route to making the Wild's roster.

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bamm_bamm75Jul. 12, 12 8:05 AM

Next year it will be so long PMB and Matt Cullen and hello Sir Charles and Zack Phillips.

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genericloginJul. 12, 12 9:24 AM

The Houston Aeros are going to be a very good team this year.

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uffda57Jul. 12, 1210:07 AM

I'm actually hoping Coyle could make it onto the roster this year. Latendresse was a dominating power forward when he was healthy enough to play, and I think Coyle would fill that role perfectly. Realistically, though, there really aren't any slots open on the top two lines, and he deserves more than 3rd or 4th line minutes. Of course, PMB may very well go down again during the season, opening up an opportunity for someone like Coyle to step in and step up. No matter what, he will be with the Wild the following year.

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esox101Jul. 12, 1210:27 AM

What a difference a year or two makes. Imagine - actual competition for a roster spot in camp. In years past a player like Coyle would have been a de facto roster player just based on his being a top prospect. Now he has to prove he's NHL ready today, not someday in the future, and if he doesn't make the roster he can go to Houston, develop and learn the pro game with his future team-mates, and not be rushed into the NHL if he isn't ready. And, when you have the inevitable injuries during the season, you can bring up a capable top prospect, not a career AHLer who in the long run won't accomplish anything beyond keeping a jersey filled and racking up some frequent flier miles. This is why Fletcher & Co. have been preaching patience, and we'll start seeing they payoff the first time a top 6 forward gets hurt, even if CC doesn't make the roster out of camp. Lack of depth has hindered this team since Day 1. Nice to finally see that easing a bit. Parise and Suter completely aside for a moment, the potential our young players have make this a pretty exciting time to be a Wild fan. Yeah, potential is only potential, but I'd rather have it than not, and for a long time, we didn't.

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uffda57Jul. 12, 1211:05 AM

The Wild is in a place they haven't ever been in before, with more than enough quality players competing for very few positions. There is no excuse now to call up the Warren Peters and Jed Ortmeyers of the world, as there are now some guys in Houston who are bona fide NHL prospects, not a bunch of guys who are good enough to be career AHLers, but not much else. Don't get me wrong, those guys usually put out great effort, especially Peters, but they weren't contributing any goals or assists, something the Wild desperately needed when top-6 forwards went down. An even bigger upside is that there are probably more quality guys than the Wild will ever be able to use, so they may make attractive trade bait in the future.

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goalieguruJul. 12, 1212:38 PM

222 lbs? Man, no wonder he can go into the dirty areas and come away with the puck. Mr. Youngblood mentioned that his skating speed needs to improve. That was Latandresse's downfall - way too heavy of a skater (and still is) Hopefully, he's being coached on that (if it's truly a development opportunity for him) and addresses it with his training in August. Great POV esox101 - couldn't have said it better.

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uffda57Jul. 12, 12 2:27 PM

Coyle is certainly a freight train. GLat may not have been the best skater on the ice, but he was pretty darn effective anyway. If Coyle can bring that kind of game, he should be just as productive. If Latendresse had stayed healthy for a full season, he would have easily been a 35-40 goal scorer.

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goalieguruJul. 12, 12 3:26 PM

uffda: yeah, agreed. Not saying that Lats was a lesser player due to his skating ability, just making a comparison based on what's been said about his skating and the comment that Youngblood made. To your point, if Coyle can improve in that area (if it's really needed??) then 222lbs with agile speed is rare asset in the NHL.

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