Kirill Kaprizov might have trouble topping his NHL debut when the visiting Minnesota Wild meet the Los Angeles Kings again on Saturday night. The 23-year-old Russian was the star of Minnesota's 4-3 overtime win against the Kings in the season opener on Thursday. He became the first rookie to produce at least three points and score an overtime goal in his first NHL game.
That’s exactly what Rask did, and after turning some heads in Thursday’s season opener, it looks as if more playing time might be coming his way. Not only did he score a big goal as the Wild earned a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings, he was elevated by coach Dean Evason into the No. center spot between wingers Zach Parise and Kirill Kaprizov.
When Wild general manager Bill Guerin wanted a veteran center who knew what it took to win the Stanley Cup, he reached out to the Nashville Predators to acquire Nick Bonino. Guerin knew Bonino from his days as an executive with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bonino helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017, and led the Penguins in assists in that 2016 Cup run.