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Updated: March 1st, 2012 10:17am
Wild sign former first-round pick Charlie Coyle to three-year contract

Wild sign former first-round pick Charlie Coyle to three-year contract

by Tom Pelissero
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Another top draft pick has signed with the Minnesota Wild.

The team announced on Thursday it has signed Charlie Coyle, their first-round pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft, to a three-year, entry-level deal.

Coyle started this past season as a sophomore at Boston University, then left school after playing in the World Junior Championships to join the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The East Weymouth, Mass., native played on the same line as fellow Wild prospect Zack Phillips for the Sea Dogs, and the pair have combined for 12 goals and 12 assists in 16 games.

Other top prospects who have signed within the past year include Jonas Brodin, Brett Bulmer, Johan Larsson and Phillips. The Wild is expected to sign Mikael Granlund after the world championships in late May and may sign second-round pick Jason Zucker after he wraps his sophomore season at the University of Denver.

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