Wild star Kirill Kaprizov is an NHL All Star for first time
Wild goaltender Cam Talbot was also named an All Star for the first time in his career.
ST. PAUL -- For the first time in his NHL career, Wild star Kirill Kaprizov has been named an All-Star. He likely would have earned the honor last season had the NHL not canceled the All-Star Game amid COVID-19 concerns.
The announcement is no surprise considering Kaprizov currently leads the Wild with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists). The 24-year-old Russian won the Calder Trophy last season, an annual award given to the best rookie in the league.
Goaltender Cam Talbot will also represent the Wild in the All-Star Game. It’s the first time the 34-year-old veteran has been named an All-Star. He’s 15-8-1 this season with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
Wild defenseman Ryan Hartman has a chance to make the All-Star team via the NHL’s Last Men In online voting.
The All-Star Game is scheduled Feb. 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Team captains for the game include Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche (Central Division); Alex Ovechkin of Capitals (Metropolitan;, Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs (Atlantic); and Connor McDavid of the Oilers (Pacific).
All-Star Team Rosters
- Forwards: Kirill Kaprizov, WILD; Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado; Kyle Connor, Winnipeg; Alex DeBrincat, Chicago; Clayton Keller, Arizona; Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis; Joe Pavelski, Dallas
- Defenseman: Cale Makar, Colorado
- Goalies: Cam Talbot, WILD; Juuse Saros, Nashville
- Coach: Jared Bednar, Colorado
- Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Washington; Sebastian Aho, Carolina; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia; Jack Hughes, New Jersey; Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
- Defensemen: Adam Fox, New York Rangers; Zach Werenski, Columbus; Adam Pelech, New York Islanders
- Goalies: Frederik Andersen, Carolina; Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh.
- Coach: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina
- Forwards: Connor McDavid, Colorado; Leon Draisaitl, Colorado; Jordan Eberle, Seattle; Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary; Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles; Timo Meier, San Jose; Mark Stone, Vegas
- Defenseman: Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas
- Goalies: John Gibson, Anaheim; Thatcher Demko, Vancouver
- Coach: Peter DeBoer, Vegas
- Forwards: Auston Matthews, Toronto; Drake Batherson, Ottawa; Patrice Bergeron, Boston; Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida; Dylan Larkin, Detroit; Nick Suzuki, Montreal
- Defenseman: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay; Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo
- Goalies: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay; Jack Campbell, Toronto
- Coach: Andrew Brunette, Florida