Reportedly, Wild LW Kuril Kaprizov arrived in Minnesota after questions about his return from Russia.


The status of Minnesota Wild winger Karel Kaprizov has been murky this offseason, but something is finally clear on the matter. Kaprizov has arrived in Minnesota. According to a report by Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune.

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Kaprizov’s exact whereabouts and availability for the start of the 2022-23 season have been determined, but the superstar forward is now back on American soil with training camp underway.

In July, Kaprizov’s name was linked to a Russian investigation into alleged theft of military services. At the 2022 NHL Draft, Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Kaprizov was still in Russia and doing well.

“He’s in Russia, and he’s doing well,” Guerin said, via CBS Minnesota. “He’s with his friends and his family.”

With Kaprizov in Minnesota and preparing for his third NHL season, the Wild can breathe a sigh of relief. A fifth-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2015, Kaprizov made his NHL debut in the 2020-21 season and immediately became the franchise’s best player.

As a 23-year-old rookie, Kaprizov scored 27 goals and 51 points in just 55 games. Kaprizov built on that and posted monster numbers last year. In 2021–22, he was fifth in the NHL in both goals (47) and points (108).

Going into next season, Kaprizov will be asked to carry an even bigger load in Minnesota. The Wild face more than $12 million in dead money against the salary cap due to buyout penalties, and the franchise was forced to trade young winger Kevin Fiala after he scored 33 goals last year. . Led by Kaprizov, the Wild will have to find a way to pick up some of that slack to stay competitive in the Western Conference.