ST. PAUL, Minn. By most expectations, Charlie Coyle is still growing into his 6-foot-2 frame, with many seeing the 21-year-old rookie forward for the Minnesota Wild eventually settling in as a prototypical NHL power forward.
At 21 years old, Coyle's body, even at 205 pounds now, is still maturing. One of the reasons Coyle is up with Minnesota this season, his first since turning pro, is his size to go along with unique skill. The size is one asset that has been talked about since Coyle was acquired by the Wild in a draft-day trade in 2011 from the San Jose Sharks.
Coyle was just 19 at the time and still at Boston College. He was a first-round pick the previous year by San Jose. But even then his size had scouts drooling, and left opposing players amazed.
"He's really not that strong," fellow Minnesota rookie forward Jason Zucker joked last week. "It's crazy. I played against him in college and he was the same way. He would have four or five guys draped...