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"Fearsome Young Sharks" Prospect Profile - Charlie Coyle

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At the 2010 NHL Entry Draft last June, the San Jose Sharks drafted six-foot-two, 202 pound right winger Charlie Coyle from the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League {EJHL} with the 28th overall pick.

"I'm a good two-way player who likes to battle hard," said then 18 year old Coyle at the media scrum following his selection.  "I'm a pretty good passer who can make hits and play physical."

In his first and only season with South Shore, Coyle, who is the cousin of former NHL players Tony Amonte and Bobby Sheehan, finished fifth overall in scoring with 63 points {21 goals, 42 assists} in 42 games and was named Eastern Junior Hockey League Rookie of the year.  Coyle also received the 2010 John Carlton Award, given annually by the Boston Bruins of the NHL to an outstanding male student-athlete in an Eastern Massachusetts high school or junior hockey program.

However, many in the hockey realm, such as TSN and Central Scouting, heavily criticized the Sharks for drafting the lesser known Coyle, who was ranked 24th out of North American skaters, instead of Emerson Etam, who was ranked eighth out of North American skaters and was selected by the Anaheim Ducks with the 29th overall pick.

In an interview with the San Jose Sharks website last June, Tim Burke, the San Jose Sharks Director of Scouting, defended the organization's pick of Coyle, stating that Coyle "is a smart, versatile player with size and strength and he can make plays."  Responding to the question of why the Sharks passed on Etam for Coyle, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson stated the following last year in an interview with Fear the Fin, "We liked both players to be quite honest with you.  However, we like Charlie a lot, we saw him a lot, and he can play many different positions.  Charlie was a guy our staff and I identified as a player who may have gone earlier in the round."

Following in the footsteps of his cousin Amonte, Coyle fulfilled a life long dream by playing at Boston University this past season, where he became the seventh player in Boston University history to be named the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, the fourth Terrier in the last six years to win the award.  Coyle led all freshmen in scoring during league play with 21 points on six goals and 15 assists and finished the season with 26 points on seven goals and 19 assists to go along with 34 penalty minutes.  In his first game for the Terrier's, an exhibition game against the University of Toronto, Coyle registered a hat trick.

"He's a kind of a throwback to an older generation," said Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker in an interview with usahockeymagazine.com for an April 2011 piece on Coyle.  "He's not one of those clinic kids who skates fast and shoots fast but when you put him in a game it's not so much.  Charlie's just the opposite.  Put a puck up for grabs and {his attitude is} 'someone's going to win this puck and it's going to be me.'  When you add up his tools he's a good player, then you factor in his competitiveness."

In addition to his competitiveness and skill set on the ice, Coyle's relentless work ethic has endeared him to the Boston coaching staff.  "You have to get him out of the weight room, you have to get him off the ice," said Parker.  "That's the difference between good players and great players.  The great ones try to make themselves better.  Charlie's trying to make himself better."

Coyle's relentless work ethic paid off as not only did he become a regular forward at Boston University, but Coyle also earned a spot on the bronze medal winning Team USA at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation {IIHF} World Junior Championships where his six points {2 goals, 4 assists} in seven games matched Chris Kreider and Kyle Palmieri for the Team USA scoring lead and WJC Coaches selected Coyle as the Americans' top forward in the tournament.  "Going into that camp for the World Juniors, I really didn't expect that much," said Coyle in the same April 2011 piece for usahockeymagazine.com.  "I didn't expect to score or anything.  I thought I'd just be a third or fourth-line guy."

"He's an unbelievable kid and unbelievable hockey player," said Amonte in an interview with NHL.com last summer.  "He has a love for the game and I remember him five or six years ago rollerblading around with a stick in his hands.  He always had the stick in his hands."

HIGHLIGHTS

South Shore Kings Spotlight on Charlie Coyle {Courtesy of YouTube user "olo567"}
In this five minute clip, Sharks fans can see how Coyle moved without the puck in all three zones of the ice in an EJHL game against the Philadelphia Revolution.  Coyle is wearing #3.

Boston University Edges Past Massachusetts 4-3 {Courtesy of YouTube user "hockeyeastonline"}
In this clip, Coyle scores one of his seven goals on the season at the 0:50 second mark.

 

Boston University 5-4 Win over Northeastern {Courtesy of YouTube user "hockeyeastonline"}
In this clip, Coyle scores another goal on the season, starting at the 0:35 second mark, that helped spark a Boston comeback victory.

 

2011 USA World Junior Hockey Championships Highlights {Courtesy of YouTube user "carcake3"}
In this clip, Coyle earns an assist and dazzles the crowd with a sweet deke of a goal.

 

2010 NHL Entry Draft Announcement of the Sharks drafting Coyle {Courtesy of YouTube user "xXxJetLixX"}
The official clip of Coyle being drafted by the Sharks at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft last June.

 

Charlie Coyle Press Interview {Courtesy of YouTube user "fearthefin"}
The media scrum following Coyle being drafted by the Sharks at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

 

 

*Information and videos were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.nhl.com, www.wikipedia.com, www.fearthefin.com, www.usahockeymagazine.com, www.goterriers.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry. Thank you to Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie} for the graphic image*

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