ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild have signed 19-year-old forward Charlie Coyle to a three-year entry-level contract.
Coyle has 12 goals and 12 assists and is a plus-15 in 16 games for the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, after posting 14 points in 16 games for Boston University. Coyle, who will remain with Saint John for the rest of the Sea Dogs season, participated in the IIHF World Junior Championship for the second straight year, tying for the American lead with four goals while adding an assist in six games.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound native of East Weymouth, Mass., was San Joses first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2010 NHL draft. The Wild acquired Coyle on June 25, 2011, along with Devin Setoguchi and a first-round pick (Zack Phillips), in exchange for Brent Burns.