Wild’s Kaprizov scores points with performance bonuses during rookiw season
ST. LOUIS – Kirill Kaprizov’s first regular season in the NHL is over and the rookie cashed.
Prior to attending Thursday’s Wild final against the Blues, Kaprizov had already maximized performance bonuses in his contract paid for by the Wild, earning an additional $ 631,707 this season.
Kaprizov received bonuses for goals, points, points per game and ice time and for finishing in the NHL’s top 10 in goals. The 24-year-old is also eligible to receive bonus NHL money for being a Calder Trophy finalist as the league’s top rookie and for placing in the NHL’s top 10 for goals among the attackers.
As part of the transition rules established before the season, the thresholds for these bonuses and payouts have been prorated to reflect the shortened schedule. Winning the Calder Trophy usually earns a bonus of $ 212,500, but the prorated amount is around $ 145,121.
The Calder Trophy is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, with voters ranking the top five candidates. A 10-7-5-3-1 point system is used to determine three finalists.
In July 2020, Kaprizov signed an entry-level contract that expires after this season. He received a signing bonus of $ 92,500 and a salary of $ 832,500. But amid the blow the NHL has taken financially from the COVID-19 pandemic, players have agreed to defer 10% of their salaries and sign bonuses this season to be paid in three installments in 2022, 2023 and 2024. Also, 20% of players’ salaries this season are held in receivership to calculate a 50-50 split of hockey-related income between players and owners.
In 55 games, Kaprizov set wild rookie one-season records in goals (27), assists (24), points (51), power-play goals (8), even-matched goals (19) and points on strength. equals (38) an average of 18 minutes, 18 seconds of ice time.
He led the Wild in goals, points, power play goals and evenly matched points. Kaprizov also paced the NHL rookies in all of these categories except for even-matched points, where he placed second; his even-matched goals were among the best among freshmen, too, and his points-per-game clip (0.93) was the first on the Wild and in the league for rookies who have played three or more games.
Jason Robertson of Dallas was second in rookie points and tied for second in goals, finishing six points less and 10 goals less than Kaprizov. Robertson’s 28 assists were the most important for the rookies.
Next to Kaprizov, the Wild also rested forwards Kevin Fiala and Mats Zuccarello and defensemen Jared Spurgeon and Jonas Brodin for Thursday’s regular season finale.
Zach Parise, who had been in good health the previous three games, was part of the roster with defender Brad Hunt. Forwards Luke Johnson and Kyle Rau and defenseman Dakota Mermis were also recalled from the taxi squad to dress. Kaapo Kahkonen started in the net, with Cam Talbot backing him.
Coach Dean Evason said none of the players selected were injured.
The puck drop for Game 1 of the Playoffs is 2 p.m. Sunday and Game 2 is 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Games 3 and 4 at the Xcel Energy Center will take place next Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday May 22 at 7:00 p.m.
If necessary, Games 5, 6 and 7 will take place on May 24, 26 and 28. Departure times are to be determined.
The Wild won’t need to send a seventh-round pick to the Penguins to complete Nick Bjugstad’s trade.
This choice was conditional on Bjugstad saying 70 games or registering 35 points, prorated benchmarks of around 48 games and 24 points, and Bjugstad failed to meet those goals in his first season for the Wild after being acquired. last September. The Wild will therefore retain their draft choice.