Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle admits he is being blighted by inconsistency as he looks to establish himself in the NHL.
Coyle has often wowed fans with supreme pieces of stick skill, but he has failed to turn that style into substance in his career so far.
However, the 23-year-old, who signed a five-year, $16million contract last year, knows it’s time he started to justify the faith the Wild management have placed in him.
“I’ve got to know I’m not a rookie anymore,” he told the Minnesota Star Tribune. “I’ve got a few years under my belt here and I can’t wait for something to happen. You put in the work, add the confidence boost to it and bring it every night.
“It’s a work in progress. You’ve got to build to it. I’ve had a couple good games under my belt, but I can’t be satisfied with one good move and just a shot.
“Finish it. Go hound the puck and just want the puck. It’s all confidence. I’m slowly getting it.”
Coyle has 14 points on the season so far, which is a slight increase on his points per game from last season. He admits, though, that he is feeling the pressure to improve far more markedly than that.
“It takes a toll on you,” he added. “It just comes with confidence. I have to be consistent with my confidence. It’s usually all in your head.”