3. Charlie Coyle, Center – Minnesota Wild
Honestly, I was going back and forth between Charlie Coyle and Brayden Schenn here. Both are numbers 13 and 16 on the TSN Trade Bait List and while Schenn is the better player overall, I think Coyle is the better REALISTIC option for the San Jose Sharks.
I think it all comes down to the contract situation. Coyle is a UFA after this season and is being paid far less money than the likes of Schenn, who has one year, 5.1 million dollars left on his contract after this season. The San Jose Sharks don’t really have the cap room for a guy like Schenn.
However. Coyle is still a nice option at the Center or Right Wing position. He has 26 pts on the season, with 9 goals and is shooting at 8%. He’s the epitome of a decent player with a CF% of 49.55, which, we’ll just call 50% which is right at average.
Its Coyle’s versatility that would help the San Jose Sharks the most. He can play both RW and C if Hertl’s production at the center position slips, or DeBoer wants to move Hertl back to wing. Coyle can play on both the top and bottom six, although, on this team I think he’d have more consistency on the bottom six.
Plus. Doug Wilson loves to get the band back together whenever he can by acquiring once and former San Jose Sharks.