The Minnesota Wild have signed Russian star Kirill Kaprizov to a two-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2019-20 season, the team announced Monday.
Further terms of the agreement were not released.
Kaprizov, 23, is coming off a 62-point campaign across 57 games with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.
The five-foot-nine, 185-pound winger led the KHL in goals (33) for the second straight season and ranked third in scoring. He is a five-time KHL all-star.
“We are thrilled to officially sign and welcome Kirill to our organization,” said Wild general manager 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 became the youngest player (22 years, 170 days) in league history to reach 100 goals last October.
He also recorded nine points in six games at the 2018 Winter Olympics and scored the overtime winner against Germany as the Olympic Athletes from Russia won gold in Pyeongchang.
Kaprizov was selected by the Wild in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
July 13, 2020