|2019 Season||July 1, 2019|
|2019 5th Round Draft Pick|
The Boston Bruins were one of the teams to watch around this year's trade deadline and they demonstrated why that is the case on Wednesday afternoon. They made the move to acquire Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild, sending a top prospect in Ryan Donato and a mid-round draft pick the other way.
Coyle has been a serviceable forward for the Wild in recent years, knocking down seasons as high as 57 points in the 2017 season, but he hasn't been quite as good this year, posting only 28 points in 60 games this year. He has been rumoured to be on the trading block for a good portion of the season, many people suggesting that he is in need of a fresh start on a new team and that's exactly what he'll get in Boston.
The Wild are still very much in the playoff race in the west, holding down the last wild card spot, but they've made it no secret, that if they were able to make a move that could better the team for the future, they would certainly look at it seriously. With this deal, they get a good prospect in Donato, who hadn't quite found the magic that he had in last year's playoffs, but his upside is certainly there.
Neil potentially could get some decent gains, because of this deal. Coyle will be a strong add to an already strong Bruins offense, an offense which is considered to be a bit top-heavy. If anything, the addition of Coyle should add some balance to the Bruins offense, possibly giving them a stronger 2nd or 3rd line, depending on where they have him lineup to start. Neil's team starts play on Wednesday in 18th place, with eyes on the top half of the standings and looking to at least pass Ryan, which his team stands 12 points back of. It's certainly possible and this trade should help that.