The Minnesota Wild will see a major change to their top line this season.
The team's new head coach, Bruce Boudreau, confirmed a number of changes on Thursday that will impact that line, including forward Charlie Coyle going back to the wing. Coyle will play on the right side of the top line, and will be joined by Wild veteran Zach Parise as well as newly acquired forward Eric Staal.
While Coyle has always said he will play whatever role the team needs him to fill, he admits he thinks he will perform better as a winger and welcomes the changes.
“You never know,’’ Coyle said as per the Star Tribune, “it could change as it has quite a few times if there are injuries or whatever happens in game. I’ll be ready, but it is nice to know I’ll be playing the wing, starting there and get a feel there in practice, get some reps in and just feel comfortable there.’’
Coyle is coming of a career high 21 goals last season, and most of those came with him playing on the right wing, he now has an excellent oppurtunity to demonstrate to his new coach why he deserves to stay there.