December 17, 2011

Sea Dogs Ink Coyle

Charlie Coyle has decided to leave Boston University for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Defending Memorial Cup Champions, Saint John Sea Dogs, announced that they have signed the highly touted prospect from East Weymouth, Mass. This gives the Sea Dogs 4 first round picks and they should be a force once the World Junior Championships are over.

Coyle was selected 28th overall by the San Jose Sharks in 2010 and was traded along with Devin Setoguchi and a 2011 first round pick to the Minnesota Wild, last summer for Brent Burns. Minnesota used that pick on Saint John forward Zack Phillips. Jonathan Huberdeau and Nathan Beaulieu are the other first round picks and are also at the Under 20 tournament representing Canada.

At 19 years old and 6'2"  207 pounds Coyle projects to be a power forward type player with offensive upside. In his year and a half at BU Coyle put up 40 points in 53 games and he led team USA at last years World Juniors with 6 points in 6 games in winning a bronze Medal.

Saint John currently sits second in the QMJHL standing 2 points behind the Quebec Remparts, however Jonathan Huberdeau, arguably Saint Johns best player, has been out since November 7th with a fractured foot and started skating with team Canada this week.

- Mike Lord

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