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Wild prospect Kaprizov named to Russian Olympic team

Forward was drafted by Wild in fifth round of 2015 NHL Entry Draft

by Kayleigh Jackson / Wild.com

Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov was named to the Russian men's hockey national team Thursday and will compete in the 2018 Olympic Games from Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 20-year-old current plays for CSKA Moskva in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

Tweet from @russiahockey_en: We can now confirm who has made the senior Russian men's national team roster for the 2018 Olympic Games!Good luck to all of our players! #TeamRussia pic.twitter.com/Nnj9aKbZKR

Originally drafted by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (135th overall), Kaprizov has remained in Russia to continue his development in the KHL. The forward is signed through the 2019-20 season with CSKA Moskva.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher visited Moscow in early January to meet with Kaprisov and fellow prospect Andrei Svetlakov. 

"Kirill has a real good sense of humor, always has a smile on his face," Fletcher said after returning from his trip. "It was good for me to get to know them and and learn a little about their families and their views on life." 

In 46 games this season, Kaprizov has picked up 40 points, including 15 goals. Six game-winners have come from Kaprizov's stick.

He's also a career-high plus-22 and is tied for his career best with five power-play goals.

Kaprizov has previously represented Russia four times, placing fifth in the 2015 IIHF World U18 Championship and 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and medaling in the 2016 World Junior Championships (second) and 2017 World Junior Championships (third).

He joins Jordan Greenway, who was named to the United States' Olympic roster earlier this month, as Wild prospects who will compete in PyeongChang.

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