Charlie Coyle was calm but obviously thrilled after he reported to the Wild from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and took part in his first NHL practice Sunday, Feb. 3, at Jobing.com Arena.
Coyle is expected to make his NHL debut Monday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
"It's something I've been looking forward to since I was little and something I've worked toward since I was little," Coyle said. "It's finally paying off. It's pretty exciting."
Coyle, 20, had 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games for the Aeros.
"He's done a great job in Houston," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "We think he can add a lot to our lineup."
At 222 pounds, the 6-foot-2 Coyle brings size and strength along the boards that Yeo said too often has been missing from Minnesota's lineup.
Yeo added Coyle to his second line along with winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and center Matt Cullen and at Sunday's practice had Coyle working with his No. 2 power-play unit.
A former first-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks who was acquired with Devin Setoguchi and the first-round draft pick that became Zack Phillips in a trade for defenseman Brent Burns on June 24, 2011, Coyle was hoping his parents could make it to Phoenix in time for Monday's game.
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