Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Coyle shines on ice; scouts notice

It’s been a good week for Terrier 2010 recruit Charlie Coyle. First, he was ranked #19 among North American skaters for the June draft by NHL Central Scouting. During the South Shore Kings' weekend road trip, he surpassed the 50 point mark with a pair of two-goal games and an assist in another. On Monday, he played in the EJHL All-Star game, tallying an assist.

Then, International Scouting Services gave the 6-2, 207 right wing, who had briefly join the NTDP U18s for a European tournament, a fast-rising rating:

Coyle is an explosive and gifted skater with a smooth and fluid stride who has garnered more attention and developed into a more all-around player since the start of the season. He often is shadowed, yet with his acceleration, speed and ability to understand the game, he usually eludes opposing players, resulting in multiple-point games.
Blog contributor candycanes99 provides video of Coyle--#3, same as his cousin Tony Amonte’s number at BU— playing against the Philadelphia Revolution and some comments on his playing strengths.

Coyle's biggest asset is his size, and he knows it, playing
an aggressive game in his own zone and along the boards.
His top speed was not extremely fast, but his skating stride is very smooth overall. Coyle is currently playing the point during plays with South Shore, but also showed a knack for driving to the net during even strength offensive chances and would be well suited to that position as well. His passes were all very crisp, and he was looking for the pass whenever available, which was rare among players in the game. Coyle's skills with the puck are also an asset, as he was able to maneuver around defenders. Highlights from the game against Philadelphia include a very nice assist where he was able to take a pass in stride creating a 2-on-1 opportunity and a short saucer pass over the defender's stick to the goal scorer.
The Daily Free Press looks at the emergence of Joe Pereira and Ross Gaudet as key components of BU’s offense.

Junior center Nick Bonino’s four assists on Saturday night bring him to 95 career points.

HockeyEastOnline’s weekly release points out that sophomore goaltender Grant Rollheiser is 4-0-4 in his last eight decisions and last suffered a loss on Jan. 13, 2009, against Providence.

Looking back
In his third start since returning from an injury, Islanders goalie Rick DiPierto outdueled Martin Brodeur and shut outs the Devils, 4-0 on Monday.

Tonight, Freddy Meyer picked up his first goal of the season in the Isles' 6-4 loss to the Penguins. DiPietro was the backup goalie, while John Curry handled the same role for Pittsburgh

Chris Drury scored his second goal (link to video) in two games while fellow Hobey Baker winner Matt Gilroy added two assists in the Rangers' 8-2 blowout of Tampa.

Former BU captain Sean Sullivan participated in tonight’s AHL All-star game, won by Canada.

Boomer on the move again.
Bryan Ewing was signed by the Reading Royals, his second ECHL stop this season. He began the season with AHL Rockford then was assigned to IHL Toledo. After scoring eight goals in his last 11 games for the Walleye, Ewing was recalled to Rockford, then released, which led him to the Royals.

Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 6-4 despite goals by Jason Lawrence and Chris Higgins for the Knights. Higgins has five goals in his first seven games with Gwinnett.

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