Winger Kirill Kaprizov has been re-signed by the Minnesota Wild to a 5 year, 45 million dollar contract. This contract carries him through the 2025-26 season. The contract also has trade protection in the final two seasons.
Sounds like Kaprizov has a full no-move for the final two years of the deal, but the deal does not include signing bonus money.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 21, 2021
Kirill Kaprizov Re-Signed by Wild
Kirill Kaprizov has only been in the NHL for a single season, but he’s already made his mark. During the regular season, Kaprizov was at the top of the team in several regards. He led the Wild in goals and points and came second only to Jordan Greenway in assists. Overall, Kaprizov recorded 27 goals and 24 assists for a total of 51 points through 55 games. His possession numbers were 51.2 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 7.0.
In Minnesota’s first-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Kaprizov potted two goals and one assist to help the Wild take the Golden Knights to seven games. He also won this season’s Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL’s best rookie.
Kaprizov was originally drafted by the Wild in the fifth round, 135th overall in the 2015 NHL draft.
What This Means for the Future
For the Wild as a whole, the ultimate goal is consistent success. Their excellent performance last season came as somewhat of a surprise. After all, it was the first time since 2018 the team made it to the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But the Wild proved through their series against Vegas that they are capable of competing with the league’s top contenders. And with head coach Dean Evason, a 2021 Jack Adams Award nominee, at the helm and skilled youth on the ice, the future looks bright for Minnesota.
Kaprizov will be an important part of that future. His scoring ability is among the league’s best, he’s a force on the power play, and at just 23 years old, he has a long, promising career ahead of him. Hopefully, Kaprizov’s new contract will bring many more seasons of success for himself and the Minnesota Wild.