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Kirill the Thrill

Step aside, Phil Kessel, you're no longer the thicc winger we're looking for. The Wild have practically been begging for Kirill Kaprizov to come to the NHL, and his much-hyped debut Thursday did not disappoint. He scored three points playing on the top line, including the overtime winner after picking off an errant neutral-zone pass, and then assisted on Marcus Johansson's overtime winner the following game. He is Minnesota's most talented and dynamic scorer since Marian Gaborik and suddenly gives the Wild offense a lot more legitimacy because an aging Zach Parise and Kevin Fiala alone doesn't scare anyone.

Astute owners selected Kaprizov with a late pick in most drafts (ADP: 152.3), and he is rostered in more than 75 percent of fantasy leagues. There's always tons of roster turnover in the first couple weeks of the season because players values are being adjusted and corrected, but Kaprizov's percentage will not dip, and he should be rostered in all leagues immediately. In other words, in the one-quarter of leagues where he's still available — hurry! Two minor drawbacks: Kaprizov's current center, Nick Bjugstad, has stone hands with 28 points in his last 79 games, and the Wild power play is 0-for-11 to start the season. One of these will sort itself out eventually, but the other might not be so easy.

Couturier Out at Least 2 weeks

Sean Couturier suffered a rib injury in the second game against the Pens and will be out

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Jason Chen
Jason joined RotoWire in 2013. In 2014, he was a finalist for the FSWA Hockey Writer of the Year award. Jason has also written for Yahoo Sports, CBS Sports, The Hockey News, The Hockey Hall of Fame's Legends Magazine, and Centre Ice Magazine.
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