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

Kirill Kaprizov is tired of the All-Star Game.

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

Kaprizov is very honored to be invited to the NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas next month.

“It’s a lot of fun for me. It’s a lot of fun for all the players that get to participate,” Kaprizov said through a translator 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 great honor and I’m looking forward to it.”

Is he going to have any creative ideas for the exciting skills competition? It will include a breakaway, special event at Bellagio Fountains and one in the middle.

“I don’t have cool skills,” Kaprizov said, with humility, in English. “I don’t know … maybe.”

Remember, this is a star who nonchalantly scored a lacrosse goal during the New Year’s Eve outdoor practice at Target Field in advance of the Winter Classic and has already executed an inordinate number of highlight-reel goals and passes in his short 88-game NHL career.

That continued Friday night during the Wild’s 7-3 roasting of the Anaheim Ducks.