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04-10-2012, 09:05 AM
Dr Jan Itor
Join Date: Dec 2009
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Coyle's niche is a combination of size, strength, skating and hockey sense. That works great as a veteran playing the QMJHL.
Once he reaches the pro level, its a great combination, but I don't think his offensive skills are high enough to produce 70 points. I think alot of his game will not show up on the stats; a type of guy you appreciate as he cycles the puck, keeps the offense going and protects the puck, but not in goals or assists like Mikko Koivu (not saying he's a comparable but just the idea).
I project his upside as a regular 50pt 2nd line center who leads the team in forward PK time and takeways. Just my opinion.
I could very well be wrong. Please, prove me wrong Coyle!
I think it depends on what position he ultimately settles in at. Your prediction as a 2nd line center seems pretty likely, although I could see a couple trips up into the 60 point range. But what if he ends up on Koivu's RW? Depending on who is on the left side (Heatley or Granlund), would it be too far off to see him as a consistent 30-30 guy?
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