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Wild prospect signs three-year extension in KHL

They thought he would be in the NHL by now

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Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov has reportedly signed a 3-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, according to Sport-Express' hockey writer Igor Eronko.

The news comes a few days after a report surfaced Kaprizov had denied signing an extension and was looking at Minnesota as an option. 

The 20-year-old Russian forward netted 20 goals and 42 points in 49 KHL games last season, while emerging as a star at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, scoring nine times in seven games. 

It was a belief Kaprizov would come over to Minnesota after his KHL contract was up, so it’s easy for Wild fans to be upset by the news. Minnesota’s prospect pool is still looking pretty solid though, with Joel Eriksson Ek, Gustav Olofsson and Mike Reilly growing into roles with the big club.

Kaprizov is still very young and getting more development time in the KHL certainly won’t hurt him, especially considering the major role he’ll play with CSKA. Even if he does stay with the team for the full three years, he’ll be arriving to the Wild at the age of 23, which isn’t exactly old. 

Do you think staying in the KHL is the right call for Kaprizov right now?