From: Las Vegas
Kaprizov named NHL First Star, NHLPA Player of the Week
On the heels of standout performances in his first two career games in the league, the Wild announced today that Kaprizov has won two awards: the NHL Players Association’s Player of the Week award, and the NHL’s First Star of the Week.
Kaprizov’s honors come after the Russian phenom had an incredible debut against the Los Angeles Kings, earning two assists and scoring his first NHL goal in overtime, completing the Wild’s comeback victory. Kaprizov followed up his auspicious debut opener with the primary assist on Marcus Johansson’s overtime winning goal, giving the Wild their second come-from-behind OT victory over LA in as many games.
The last Wild player to be named either the NHL’s First Star or Player of the Week by the NHLPA was Kevin Fiala, who earned both awards with his play during the end of February of last season, earning four goals and five assists over nine games and was in the midst of a four-game point streak.