I think it’s easy to overlook the fact that for the last 2 years he has been either injured or recovering from injury. Last year he looked like he might be ok until zucker broke his leg with the slap shot.
Coyle has been playing nothing short of excellent with Parise. Since he was moved to Center after Mikko was hurt by the knee from Giordano, Coyle's been all over the ice, impacting most Wild games positively. Several games the Parise-Coyle-Nino/Kunin has been by far the best line for the Wild. Coyle and Parise even made Nino look decent for a few games, something no other Wild players have accomplished this year.
Charlie Coyle REALLY should be left at center...whether a 2C or 3C....I've been saying that for a couple seasons now.
He may never be an elite center, but he doesn't HAVE to be....I just feel he is more engaged in the game when playing with the added responsibilities of the center position.
Playing wing was supposed to 'streamline' things for him, allow him to use his size along the boards, and he CAN do that, but he is also a more cerebral player than I think people give him credit for, an
My favorite one was after really bad loss to the Carolina Toilet Swirlies, Lemaire got asked "What happened on the ice?" His response was "I don't know. You'll have to ask dose guyss in dere..." and then he points to the locker room door. And then proceeds to give the same answer to almost every question asked after that one...😂