Joseph A. Griswold -Assistant Sports Editor
The goal was clear: The Boston Bruins needed a top-six forward to boost their secondary scoring at the trade deadline. They failed–at least for now.
The Bruins acquired Minnesota Wild forward, Charlie Coyle for winger Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick. Coyle, 26 is an East Weymouth, Mass., native and will look to add more secondary scoring. However, this season Coyle only has 10 goals and 18 assists and has never scored more than 21 goals in a season. For a team looking for more scoring, Coyle does not seem like the answer.
With all the available scorers on the market such as Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone or even Wayne Simmonds, a third-line winger in Coyle simply does not make sense.
The Bruins also gave up a young prospect in Ryan Donato, who could have been packaged with a higher pick in order to bring in a proven top-six scorer. Despite Donato’s lack of production in the NHL thus far, his ceiling is much higher.
Donato is just the latest prospect under 25 given up by the Bruins adding to a list that includes, Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, Blake Wheeler, Frank Vatrano, and Dougie Hamilton.
Focusing on the positive aspects, Coyle will add some size to the struggling third-line and will probably center David Backes and Joakim Nordstrom.
However, the third-line has seen the least ice-time this season and the addition of Coyle may not be enough to change that.
The addition of Coyle does not eliminate them from the potential top scorers on the market, but it does eliminate a young prospect to offer.
Don Sweeney spent too much last season on the addition of Rick Nash and it seems that has left him hesitant to pull the trigger on a big move this year.
If the Bruins plan to land a top-six forward before the deadline they have to be willing to move a first-round pick and a quality prospect, likely Jakob Forsbacka-Karlson or Danton Heinen. With the core players of the Bruins getting older, Don Sweeney needs to decide whether or not to go all-in on a cup run. The addition of Coyle does not hurt the Bruins but it certainly does not supply the needed scoring to challenge for a cup. If the Bruins believe they are a true contender they must be willing to move from a top-prospect and go after one of the top-scorers left on the market.