Kirill Kaprizov

by couching on April 15, 2018

Kirill courtesy of the KHL

 

Kirill Kaprizov, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 192

Born: 1997-04-26

Hometown: Novokuznetsk, Russia

Drafted: 2015 by the Minnesota Wild, 135th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2018 - Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher flew to Moscow to meet with Kaprizov and fellow Minnesota pick Andrei Svetlakov. Kaprizov is a sure-fire NHL talent today, as was indicated in his excellent Olympic gold medal performance, but remains under contract with the powerhouse CSKA team. It’s unlikely he makes the jump before 2020 when his KHL contract expires, but after nine points in six games at the Olympics, 10 in 15 in the KHL playoffs, and 40 in 46 over the season, Minnesota fans will just have to be patient and hope he remains healthy and dangerously good at hockey. Will Scouch

 

January 2017 - Kaprizov has had a fantastic month in which he broke Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov’s single-season point record for a player under 20 years of age of 41 points. After a coming out party at the World Juniors (scoring nine goals and three assists to lead the tournament in scoring and taking home Top Forward honours to go with a bronze medal), Kaprizov plowed through the KHL in January scoring 12 points in seven games to top Kuznetsov’s record. Kaprizov has shown a remarkable instinct for getting into scoring position and using an excellent shot to put pucks in the net. With a 57-point scoring pace in the KHL as well as a 33.41% involvement rating in team goals, which surpasses Kuznetsov’s 27.7% in his record setting season, he is one of Minnesota’s highest ceiling prospects, if not the highest, and fans should start getting excited about his impending arrival in 2018 or 2019, depending on his contract situation. Will Scouch

 

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: A-

Kaprizov is about as close to an everyday NHLer you’ll find at his age, but contractual/political obligations are preventing him from stepping in immediately. If you can be patient, you could have an excellent scoring winger in your pool come 2020 or so. If not, sell high to someone who is more patient.

 

Footage:

Kirill Kaprizov Highlights from the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships:

 

 

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