Kirill Kaprizov and Cam Talbot will represent the Minnesota Wild at the 2022 NHL All-Star Game.
The league announced the rosters for the game, which will be held in Las Vegas on Feb. 5, on Thursday.
Kaprizov is just the sixth Wild forward and third wing to be selected as an All-Star. Right wing Marian Gaborik was named in 2003 and ’08 and left wing Martin Havlat in 2011. Additionally, three centers previously have been chosen: Mikko Koivu (2012, but did not play due to injury), Brian Rolston (2007) and Eric Staal (2018 and ’20).
The second-year forward leads the Wild in assists (26) and points (40) and is tied for second in goals (14). He ranks seventh in the NHL in points and 10th in points per game (1.25).
After a slow start to the season which saw him not light the lamp in his first eight games, Kaprizov has 14 goals and 20 assists over his next 24 contests.
Kaprizov suffered an injury after taking a hit against Boston on Jan. 6 and missed Minnesota’s game a couple of days later against Washington. He’s expected to return for the Wild’s game at home Friday against Anaheim.
Kaprizov exploded on the scene in 2020-21 notching 27 goals, which were eighth most in the NHL, and 51 points en route to winning the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
Talbot, who ranks tied for eighth in the NHL with 15 wins, is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury he suffered in the third period of the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1.
The veteran netminder had a resurgence last season -- his first with Minnesota -- winning 19 of his 33 starts and posting a .915 save percentage. In 24 games between the pipes this year, Talbot has stopped 710 of 781 shots (.909%).
This is the first time either player has been named an All-Star.