Kirill Kaprizov

by Edric on August 21, 2016

Kirill courtesy of the KHL

 

Kirill Kaprizov, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 181

Born: 1997-04-26

Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia

Drafted: 2015 by the Minnesota Wild, 135th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

August 2016 – Should his recent success be a sign of things to come, expect the Minnesota Wild to make a strong push to sign Kaprizov in 2018 when his current agreement with Novokuznetsk Metalurg expires. He has scoring line upside if he can build on his recent momentum and has publicly stated he’s interested in making the jump in due course. He’s even willing to play in the AHL if need be, which is always welcomed news to NHL executives when pursuing Russian talent. Edric Joseph

May 2016 – Kirill Kaprizov had a banner year for Novokuznetsk Metalurg including a deceptively good 27 points through 53 games. The strong campaign yielded his first all-star game appearance, a rare feat for an 18 year old in the second toughest hockey league there is. He could get a decent look at training camp but would be better suited to keep honing his craft in the KHL while putting on good weight next season. Edric Joseph

August 2015 – After 12 years the Minnesota Wild broke with tradition and went with Russian born forward Kirill Kaprizov. What’s arguably more startling than the dry spell without selecting KHL talent is that they’ve made the selection knowing full well he’s under contract to play in Europe for the next two years. The selection despite this concern is a testament to their faith in his cerebral and efficient play. His production can only really get better after only averaging 11 minutes a game last season for Metallurg Novokuznetzk and the Wild can afford to wait with their wealth of forwards. Edric Joseph

Fantasy Outlook: C-

A nice prospect to stash and revisit in two to three years as his hockey sense could make him fantasy viable down the road.

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