General manager Bill Guerin was in Russia last week to meet with Kaprizov and discuss his NHL future, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kaprizov wants to play in the NHL next season, Wild General Manager Bill Guerin told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Minnesota will not try to bring Kaprizov to the NHL until his Kontinental Hockey League contract expires in April 2020, Wild general manager Paul Fenton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "We're going to see more of a finished product, and he'll probably be able to handle the rigors of the NHL a lot better then," Felton said.
Kaprizov has scored 15 goals with 36 points in 38 games for CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher recently was in Russie to watch Kaprizov and still believes he and Andrei Svetlakov will be a part of the Wild's future, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He has tremendous hockey sense and makes plays, has a very quick release on his shot and he always works hard. He's very competitive," Fletcher said about Kaprizov.
KHL sources have confirmed that Kaprizov, a winger prospect for the Wild, will play the next three seasons in the KHL with CSKA Moscow, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Kaprizov racked up a hat trick and added two assists in Russia's 9-1 win over Latvia at the World Junior Championship on Tuesday in Montreal.