Capitals Take Aliaksei Protas 91st Overall At 2019 NHL Draft

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The Washington Capitals took center Aliaksei Protas with their third-round selection at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on Saturday. Protas, 18, spent the 2018-19 season with the CHL’s Prince Albert Raiders, his first with the team.

Protas, a native of Vitesbk, Belarus, posted 11 goals, 40 points, and a +24 rating in 61 games last season and 12 goals, 22 points, and a +12 rating in 23 playoff games.

Protas was ranked 44th by NHL Central Scouting and 64th by HockeyProspect.com.

At the World Juniors Under-20 this season, Protas notched two goals, five points, and a -1 rating. He tallied a goal, four points, and a +2 rating in five games at the Under-18s during the 2017-18 season.

The Capitals acquired the pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the 118th overall pick and the 129 overall pick (which originally belonged to Buffalo Sabres).

Protas, who is listed at 6’5″ and 190 pounds, played on a line with forward Brett Leason, the Capitals’ second-round pick of the 2019 draft.

NHL Network described him as a big rig and a good playmaker during their coverage of the draft. They also said that he sees the ice well and is hard to handle because of his size.

He will likely be at the team’s development camp at MedStar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia next week.

The Capitals spent their first three draft picks on forwards, two of them were centers (Connor McMichael, first-round pick).

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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6 Responses to Capitals Take Aliaksei Protas 91st Overall At 2019 NHL Draft

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    VERY impressive, Mr. Protas! That big, intimidating Center that the Caps have never really had in 44 years …. Caps have made-do through the years with skill Centers and grinder Centers. Got the Big Brass Ring last year with Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Eller and Beagle. But if Mr. Protas the king-sized Pivot can do a Mario Lemieux imitation — I’ll take it

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Three interesting forwards selected today.

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