Young Russian Winger Kirill Kaprizov goes by many names.
“Dollar Dollar Bill Kirill” or “Kirill the Thrill”.
But the Minnesota Wild see him as one thing right now, the Future. It’s funny how fate works in the NHL for you see. Kirill could’ve been playing in Boston right now. In the 2015 entry draft, the Boston Bruins made a deal with the Minnesota Wild that sent a 5th in next year’s draft to Boston for their 5th in 2015. With that pick, they took a young Russian Winger from Novokuznetsk, Russia.
Kirill Kaprizov Made his KHL debut for Metallurg Novokuznetsk in 2014-2015 season. After he was the #1 Draft Pick in the 2014 KHL Junior Draft. Then the wild drafted Kaprizov in 2015, but he remained in Russia. In August 2015 he signed a three-year Contract Extension with Metallurg to keep playing in Russia. His stats for Metallurg were not too impressive he played a total of 84 games. Kaprizov had 15 goals, and 20 assists in 2 seasons.
In May of 2016, he was traded to Salavat Yulaev Ufa on the final year of his contract. He played 49 games for them and had much better numbers. 20 goals, and 22 assists in just one season with Salavat. So Kaprizov was improving, and he did so even more.
In 2017 he signed with CSKA Moscow one of the top teams in the KHL. In his first year with CSKA he played 46 games and had 15 Goals and 25 Assists.
2018 was Kaprizov’s coming out party. That season CSKA got to the Gagarin Cup Finals. Kaprizov was one of the reasons, compiling a stellar year. In 57 games Kaprizov had 30 goals and 21 Assists in the regular season. His playoff numbers were ok. In 19 playoff games he had 4 goals and 10 assists.
CSKA lost the cup that year to Ak Bars Kazan helped by former NHLer Rob Klinkhammer. Kaprizov’s season earned him a prestigious honor. With NHL Contracted players not able to play. Kaprizov was the Youngest Player on the Russian Roster for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. Where they won gold overcoming Germany 4-3 in OT. Kaprizov in the Olympics played 6 games scoring 5 goals and 4 assists.
2019 is where Kaprizov shined even brighter, setting career marks in Goals 33 and assists 29, while leading all players in the KHL with 62 Points. CSKA Moscow would return to the Gagarin Cup and win this time around defeating Avangard Omsk in a 4 game series sweep. Kaprizov that year become the youngest player in the KHL to score 100 goals at the age of 22 years and 172-days old. The 2020 season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kaprizov comes to the NHL and Minnesota Wild
On July,13th,2020 Kaprizov signed a 2-year entry-level deal with the Minnesota Wild. That contract included the 19-20 season in which he was able to take part in training camp in Edmonton. He was ineligible to play in the best of 5 series against the Canucks. Due to the newly inked CBA that then burned his 1st year of the contract. Kaprizov will be a free agent at the end of this year.
On January 14th the first day of the Wild’s season Kaprizov made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings. He tallied 3 points with A Goal and 2 assists. He scored in OT leading the wild to a 4-3 victory.
Kaprizov broke records that day. He became the first player in NHL history to record 3 points and an overtime goal in his debut. Kaprizov also became the 3rd player in the NHL to score an OT Goal in his debut. Kaprizov was named the first star of the week.
Kaprizov has been on a tear as of late I believe the line he’s on helps him. Kaprizov is paired with a returning Mats Zuccarello, and Victor Rask. Zuccarello early in his career was a shoot-first kinda guy. Now he is willing to dish the puck off instead of taking an ill-advised shot. Rask is a solid winger that will find whoever is open.
Kaprizov Got his first NHL Hat trick last week. With his help, the Wild are getting closer and closer to securing a playoff berth. For being 23 years old he doesn’t play like it. In 25 games he has 23 points (10 goals, and 13 Assists)
So, now you know more about why Minnesota fans are calling Kirill Kaprizov The Thrill in Minnesota.
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Jeremy “Fox” Miller