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04-09-2012, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: South of the Border
We've gotten a taste of how Coyle-Zucker looked together in rookie camp, and we've now seen how Zucker has translated that to the NHL. I expect to see both Zucker and Coyle in Houston (and obviously Phillips will be down there as well) next year. They'll have to work their way up into the lineup. They're not going to be handed anything or forced into any role. They will be hand-held through their development process.
An important thing to remember about Coyle's college career is the circumstances around it. BU was an absolute zoo this year. Take a 19 year old, throw him in college, surrounded by his team (who obviously aren't exactly straight and narrow considering what happened) and it's no surprise Coyle wasn't able to focus on hockey. He went to Saint John to get away from the distractions, be they social, legal, or scholastic. Since leaving all that behind, he's been tearing through the CHL like some kind of monster.
I know many of us have already been through college. Think about those first two years with a normal student's schedule, then add in the stress of your NHL team's eye over your shoulder. Being traded as part of a blockbuster package. Legal issues for your friends and teammates. All you want to do is just play hockey. It should be no surprise how he's lighting up the Q.
Also, as others have mentioned, while Phillips and Coyle have been putting up gaudy numbers, what has the higher draft pick on their team been doing? 1.5 PPG for Huberdeau, whom some have tried to rank above Granlund, but 3.33 PPG for Coyle and 3.5 PPG for Phillips.
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