Sharks call on Coyle in first round of NHL Entry Draft

San Jose Sharks

LOS ANGELES
– Charlie Coyle, a right wing from South Shore of the Eastern
Junior Hockey League, was picked by the San Jose Sharks in the 28th
spot of the NHL Entry Draft’s first round at StaplesCenter.
LOS ANGELES – Charlie Coyle, a right wing from South Shore of the Eastern Junior Hockey League, was picked by the San Jose Sharks in the 28th spot of the NHL Entry Draft’s first round at StaplesCenter.

At 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, the native of Weymouth, MA will play for Boston University next winter.

Coyle, 18, described himself as “a good two-way player. I like to make hits and play aggressive.”

Coyle played at Thayer Academy, the school that includes Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte among alumni, before switching to the EJHL for one season. Coyle scored 20 goals and picked up 28 assists on the way to an MVP season at Thayer. Coyle returned to Weymouth High School as a senior, accelerating his arrival at BU.

San Jose has five selections planned for Saturday’s second day of the Entry Draft. The Sharks’ first pick is set for #88 in the third round.

Coyle opted for Philadelphia’s Mike Richards when asked which NHL player he most wanted to develop into for his career.

“Making the first round made all this that much better,” Coyle said of his selection three spots before the conclusion of the night’s drafting.

“(Charlie) has the potential to be a top-6 forward with size,” summed up Coyle’s selection by Sharks Director of Scouting Tim Burke.

“He has good size, is very athletic, a well-rounded player. He does a lot of things well.”

Coyle scored 21 goals with 42 assists and 50 PIM for South Shore in 2009-10.

The Edmonton Oilers opened the Entry Draft by selecting left wing Taylor Hall, a six-footer from the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

Boston used the second overall pick, obtained in the trade of Phil Kessel to Toronto, to select center Tyler Seguin of the Plymouth Whalers. Seguin tied for the scoring title in the OHL last season.

The OHL also produced the third selection, rugged 6-foot-4 defenseman Erik Gudbranson off the Kingston roster by the Florida Panthers.

The Portland Winterhawks accounted for the fourth and fifth picks. Center Ryan Johansen went to Columbus, while Swiss-born power forward Nino Niederreiter went to the New York Islanders.

After the WHL’s Prince George Cougars sent Brett Connolly to Tampa Bay in the sixth spot, Carolina nabbed the season’s top-goal scorer in Kitchener’s Jeff Skinner. The right winger finished with 70 goals in 84 games.

Jack Campbell was the first player from the United States picked. The goalie from the US under-18 team went to Dallas at the 11th spot.

Florida made three picks in the 30-selection first round. In addition to Gudbranson, the Panthers nabbed center Nick Bjugstad (#19) from Blaine High School in Minnesota and winger Quinton Howdon (#25) from Moose Jaw of the WHL.

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