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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.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov shoots and scores against the Buffalo Sabres on Dec. 16, 2021, at Xcel Energy Center.
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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.

NHL: Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot eyes the puck against the Dallas Stars on Dec. 20, 2021, in Dallas.
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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.

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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

CENTRAL DIVISION

  • 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

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

  • 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

PACIFIC DIVISION

  • 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

ATLANTIC DIVISION

  • 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
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