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Wild to allow prospect Alex Khovanov to play one season in KHL

The Minnesota Wild have come to and agreement with prospect Alexander Khovanov, which will allow the young forward to sign a one year deal in the Kontinental Hockey League his home country of Russia According to The Athletic's Michael Russo. 


Khovanov is 20 years old and widely considered the Wild’s second best prospect behind fellow countryman Kirill Kaprizov.  It is expected that the 2021-22 NHL season likely won’t get started until at least December due to COVID-19, which would free Khovanov to join the Wild about midway through the NHL season when his KHL contract would expire.  Khovanov played last year with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior League and was second in the league in scoring with 32 goals, 67 assists for 49 points.   That puts him just behind Alexis LAfreniere who is widely considered the top prospect in the upcoming 2020 NHL draft.