Charlie Coyle had a lot to prove entering this season.
The veteran center was coming off a 2020-2021 campaign in which he only scored six goals which was his lowest total since his rookie year. With the Boston Bruins’ secondary scoring struggling to find consistency, Coyle was unable to provide a spark on the third line.
However, in his third full season with the Bruins, he has been a different player.
Through 26 games this year, the former first-round pick has rediscovered his offensive touch. The Boston University product has seven goals and seven assists. After struggling on the power play last season, he already has four points: his second-most as a Bruin. His production has been a welcoming sign for a team that has dealt with adversity early on.
Additionally, Coyle has been more aggressive while adjusting to a new role. While spending most of his time on the Bruins second line, the Weymouth native is shooting the puck 14.0 percent of the time. That is the third-highest total of his career.
Although the Bruins’ season is currently paused, Coyle has already attempted 72 shots and is making an impact at both ends of the ice.
In 456 total minutes of ice time, Coyle has landed 39 hits and blocked11 shots. He has also been effective in the faceoff circle, with a 46.5 winning percentage. Although the Bruins’ offense has struggled, Coyle has been an exception as a top-six forward. As Boston looks to move into a playoff spot, they will need the 2010 draftee to continue his recent play.
So far, the 2021-2022 campaign has been full of ups and downs for the Bruins. While integrating new faces into the lineup, they currently have 30 points and hold the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. Coyle has been a bright spot as he has already surpassed his goals total from last season and played up to expectations.
Assuming Coyle stays healthy, he will easily surpass his offensive numbers from last year. With an increased workload, his play has improved, and he has thrived in clutch situations with two game-winning goals.
As the Bruins make their playoff push, points will be at a premium, and Coyle will be critical to Boston’s success.