The Minnesota Wild took a big step toward improving their future today by signing Charlie Coyle, one of their top prospects, to a three year entry level deal. Coyle came to the Wild as part of the Brent Burns trade, and was instantly catapulted to the top of the prospect chart. A big, scoring winger, Coyle represented the United State at this year's World Junior Championships.
Coyle started this season at Boston University, but left mid season (just before the WJC) to go to Saint John of the QMJHL, one of the junior leagues in Canada. This was not highly scrutinized, but was a bit surprising at the time. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher made it clear they had no part in the decision, other than to tell Coyle he would not be signed to play in Houston after leaving school mid-season.
Since the move, Coyle has been playing well and impressing those who had their doubts on his abilities. For now, nothing changes. Coyle remains in Saint John for the remainder of his team's season. There is a possibility he could then report to Houston for the remainder of their season. He will get a chance to earn a spot at training camp for the Wild next fall, but could need some time in the AHL before becoming a regular.