It seems that we’ve been seeing all kinds of firsts for the Minnesota Wild this season, and now two players will be going to the All-Star game for the very first time.
On Thursday, the NHL announced the rosters for the NHL All-Star game, excitingly enough, not one but two members of the Wild have been pinned.
Reigning Calder trophy winner Kirill Kaprizov is headed to his first NHL All-Star game but this isn’t something entirely new to the Russian forward as he’s previously played in the KHL All-Star game but yet again it is certainly another positive accolade for the young forward. Kirill the Thrill certainly has been one that’s entertained as he had an outstanding rookie season for the Wild that seen him win the Calder for rookie of the year and currently this season besides starting off slow, Kaprizov has showed up for the Wild. The young slippery forward currently has 14 goals and 26 assists in 32 games which tallies out to more than a point per game average.
Goaltender Cam Talbot surprisingly but not was also named to the All-Star game along with Kaprizov. Talbot has been phenomenal with the Wild this season coming in clutch with huge saves when the game is on the line and giving the Wild every opportunity to stay in the game and win. Obviously Talbot has his defensemen to thank as well for this as the defense in front of him has also played spectacular to this point even minus Captain Jared Spurgeon.
Talbot currently sports a 3.00 Goals Against Average and .909 Save Percentage while owning 15 wins and 8 losses.
Fans will also have a chance to vote in forward Ryan Hartman in to the All-Star Game as one of the last men in.
Hartman has been something of an ace for the Wild this season taking on the expanded role of playing center and going above and beyond for the team. At the pace Hartman is going, he could potentially have a career year with the Wild. Hard believe he has almost 400 NHL games under his belt but he has taken that experience and dominated this season. Hartman currently has 15 goals and 13 assists this season.
*All Stats/info from NHL.com