Wild signs top prospect Kirill Kaprizov
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The Wild signed forward Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season. He was the team’s 5th round draft pick in 2015.
"We are thrilled to officially sign and welcome Kirill to our organization," said GM Bill Guerin in a statement. "He has exceeded all expectations in his development since he was drafted in 2015. Kirill is a smart and dynamic forward that has led the KHL in goals each of the past two seasons and we look forward to having him on our roster when next season starts."
Kaprizov, 23, registered 62 points, a plus-32 rating, six power-play goals, six game-winning goals and 171 shots on goal in 57 games with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound winger set career highs in goals, even-strength goals (27), assists, points and shots on goal and tied his career-best in games played.
Kaprizov has played for Russia in seven international tournaments. He recorded nine points in six games at the 2018 Winter Olympics and scored the winning goal in overtime against Germany in the gold medal game.
Kaprizov is considered one of the best players in the world to never have played in the NHL. Well, that will change next season. He is eligible to go to Edmonton with the Wild when they resume the 2019-2020 season in early August, but he’s unable to play, due to NHL rules.
Wild Public Relations contributed stats to this story.