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Newly-returned Kirill Kaprizov plays like an All-Star, Matt Boldy ‘looks like he belongs’ in Wild’s win over Ducks – The Athletic

By on January 15, 2022 0

The All-Star Game is old hat for Kirill Kaprizov.

He played in five games from 2016 to 2020 in the KHL and, let’s be honest, he would have made one in his Calder Trophy-winning rookie year if the abbreviated and late NHL season a year ago had allowed. a.

Kaprizov is therefore honored to receive his first invitation to the NHL All-Star Game next month in Las Vegas.

“It’s great fun for me. It’s a lot of fun for all the players involved,” Kaprizov said through an interpreter Friday morning. “It’s a good time, we get to hang out and get to know all the other players. And for me personally, it’s my first time here in the NHL, so it’s a big honor and I can’t wait. to be there.

Now, will he have any cool tricks up his sleeve for what should be an exciting skills competition that will include a breakaway challenge, a special event on the Bellagio fountains and another in the middle of the Vegas Strip?

“I don’t have cool skills,” Kaprizov said, humbly, in English. ” I do not know, maybe.

Don’t forget this is a star who nonchalantly scored a lacrosse goal during New Year’s Eve outdoor practice at Target Field ahead of the Winter Classic and has already run an inordinate number goals and assists during his short 88-game NHL career. .

This continued Friday night in the Wild’s 7-3 roast against the Anaheim Ducks.