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Minnesota Wild’s Latest Stanley Cup Odds and Season Preview After Signing Kirill Kaprizov

Brady Trettenero

by Brady Trettenero in NHL Hockey

Sep 22, 2021 · 1:23 PM PDT

Minnesota Wild's latest Stanley Cup odds
FILE - In this Saturday, April 24, 2021 file photo, Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif. The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 ending a stalemate between the team and the Calder Memorial Trophy winner just two days before the beginning of training camp. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
  • The Minnesota Wild have signed RFA Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract
  • The Wild are among the top 15 favorites in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds
  • Read below for Minnesota’s Cup odds and season projection following the Kaprizov signing

The Minnesota Wild have finally locked up their most important player heading in the 2021-22 NHL season. The team signed RFA forward Kirill Kaprizov to a long-term contract Tuesday evening.

Minnesota is sitting as a top 15 favorite in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds following the big signing. Bill Guerin’s team put up a strong fight against powerhouses Vegas and Colorado last season.

Now that Kaprizov is signed, should the Wild be considered legit Stanley Cup contenders in 2021-22?

2022 Stanley Cup Odds

Team Odds at DraftKings
Colorado Avalanche +475
Vegas Golden Knights +700
Tampa Bay Lightning +700
Toronto Maple Leafs +900
Boston Bruins +1200
New York Islanders +1700
Florida Panthers +1800
Edmonton Oilers +2000
New York Rangers +2200
Carolina Hurricanes +2500
Pittsburgh Penguins +2500
Minnesota Wild +2500
Washington Capitals +3000

Odds as of September 22, 2021

Wild Sign Kaprizov to Five-Year Extension

The Wild signed Russian superstar Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday. The big signing follows offseason speculation that contract negotiations had gone south and Kaprizov was considering a return to the KHL. Getting their superstar locked up for at least the next five years is massive for Minnesota.

Kaprizov was electric in Minnesota last season, winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. “Kirill the Thrill” led the team in both goals (27) and points (51) in 55 games last year. Kaprizov brought excitement to a Wild team that had been lacking significant offensive firepower in recent years.

This is a huge payday for a player that has only played one NHL season, but the Wild have clearly seen enough to buy in. Kaprizov is already 24 years of age and got plenty of KHL experience over the past several years. He’s physically mature at 5’9″, 201 pounds, and is the type of player you can build a franchise around.

Can Wild Unseat Avs in Central?

The main obstacle in the way of Minnesota making a serious run in 2021-22 is the powerhouse Colorado Avalanche. Not only is Jared Bednar’s team heavy Central Division favorites in the NHL Divisional odds, but they’re also the Cup favorites.  The Avs are loaded with Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Gabriel Landeskog, Cale Makar and Darcy Kuemper.

Minnesota finished seven points back of Colorado in the West Division last season before losing to Vegas in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Wild made some bold moves this offseason, buying out the contracts of both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. These are two veteran players whose leadership abilities will be missed in the dressing room.

Minnesota has a solid goalie tandem in Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen, in addition to a good defense group led by Mathew Dumba and Jonas Brodin. The Wild’s success in 2021-22 is likely going to be dependant on the depth behind Kaprizov’s line. If Joel Eriksson Ek continues to improve and prospects like Marco Rossi and Matt Boldy make an impact, the Wild could be in for a special year.

Minnesota Wild Stanley Cup Odds 

The Wild are a team to watch in 2021-22 now that they’ve got their superstar signed to a deal. The +2500 price tag in the Cup odds isn’t all that appealing, however, considering they were +5000 at this time last year. The Wild didn’t make any major changes to a mediocre offense that may have overachieved in 2020-21.

I’m not betting against Colorado in the Central Division this season, but the Wild should be a decent money-maker against the spread. They had the second-best ROI ATS last season and should thrive in a division that is basically Colorado, Minnesota, and everyone else. The Wild are a few years away from being considered legit contenders, but there are some strong pieces in place to indicate another successful season is coming.

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