There are already a number of familiar faces on the Minnesota Wild roster in terms of former San Jose Sharks. Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi and Torrey Mitchell all spent at least a few years playing their home games at HP Pavilion, but are now together in Minnesota on a team that many feel will challenge for the Western Conference title after landing Zach Parise and Ryan Suter this offseason.
Could another former Shark join them?
Forward Charlie Coyle was traded to the Wild as part of the deal for Brent Burns a little more than a year ago, but could be primed to make the jump to the NHL roster this season. At least, thats how our friends at NBC's ProHockeyTalk.com see it.
According to PHTs Joe Yerdon, Coyle is among a number of Minnesota prospects that could have an impact with the big club next season. In fact, Coyle could be the closest of them all.
Coyle left Boston University to play in the QMJHL and in his abbreviated season he piled up 38 points (15 goals) in 23 games. In the playoffs, he was a monster adding another 34 points (15 goals again) in 17 games.
Yerdon also mentions prospects Zack Phillips and Jonas Brodin as players with promising futures, but says the 6-2, 207-pound Coyle seems most ready to make the leap.
Coyle, 20, was originally drafted by the Sharks in the first round (28th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Barring a shortened season, the Sharks and Wild will meet four times: Jan. 12 and April 3 in San Jose; and Jan. 17 and March 23 in St. Paul.
A few Sharks have decided to change their jersey numbers for next season, while it was announced that defenseman Brad Stuart will don 7 the same digit he wore with the San Jose in his first stint here.
Jason Demers, previously 60, will switch to 5, while Andrew Desjardins will elicit fewer snickers from visiting crowds by going from 69 to 10. Adam Burish, signed on July 1, will wear 37 previously owned by TJ Galiardi, who will now wear 21.