As if the irony of the Boston Bruins acquiring Taylor Hall almost eleven years after they drafted Tyler Seguin thanks to the Edmonton Oilers wasn’t enough, could another first round pick from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft be the difference between the Bruins making their second Stanley Cup Final run in three seasons?
Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle was drafted 28th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. Just as he was during the Bruins’ run to Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Coyle could be the key to any chance he and the Bruins who remain from that team have at getting redemption with that 16th playoff win they failed to earn in 2019. Coyle tied for the team lead in goals with nine and added seven assists for 16 points in 24 games during that 2019 Cup run after being acquired from the Minnesota Wild just before the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline. The following November, Coyle parlayed that playoff performance into a new six-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season with an annual NHL cap hit of $5.25 million.
“I think how Charlie was holding on to the puck and just dominating the game in those playoffs,” Boston Bruins forward Sean Kuraly recalled. “He’s just such a powerful skater, a big guy. He holds onto the puck really well and he’s got some really high-end skill and can finish. He’s got some good touch and a great shot. When he’s doing all those things, he’s really the total package in terms of skill set. So I think he was really doing a little bit of everything which is why he was playing so well and why he’s such a good player.”