By: Sam Minton | Follow Me On Twitter @sam_minton22
Last season was quite the disappointment for Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle. After a 2019-20 season that saw Coyle score 16 goals and 21 assists, this past season’s output of 6 goals and 10 assists had Bruins fans shaking their heads, wondering what happened.
Now it seems that there might be a reason behind Coyle’s poor performance. Bob Norton and Glen Giovanucci told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic that Coyle is currently recovering from surgery to repair an avulsion fracture in his left knee as well as repairing a small tear of his patellar tendon.
It is still unknown when Coyle got hurt, but it caused the center to experience pain. Yet, Coyle didn’t miss a game in 2021 due to injury.
According to Norton, Coyle already feels better, which is music to B’s fans’ ears.
It’s important for Coyle to have a bounce-back year in the upcoming season. With the likelihood being relatively high that Boston moves on from an aging David Krejci, right now, Coyle is your second-line center. He will need an output similar to his performance in that 2019-20 season.
Coyle is strong on the puck and seems to have the ability to be a quality second-line center; he showed that when he joined the team. If he wants to help Boston make a Stanley Cup run, he will need to be a much more consistent player in the offensive zone.