Washington Capitals Prospect Report – November, 2020: Aliaksei Protas, Damien Riat and Daniel Carr Shine In November


Photo: Salavat Yuleav Ufa

Welcome to the third installment of NoVa Caps’ Washington Capitals monthly prospects report for the 2020-2021 season. This report summarizes activities for each of the Capitals’ prospects for the month of November, 2020.

As noted in previous progress reports, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding shutdown of hockey leagues in North America, NHL teams are currently looking for playing time for many of their key prospects. As a result, several Capitals prospects have been loaned to other teams, primarily in Europe.

Prospects active during the month of November:

All other prospects were idle for the month of November. You can always catch-up on all the latest Washington Capitals prospect news and analysis on our prospects page.


PROSPECT UPDATES FOR NOVEMBER, 2020

ALEX ALEXEYEV – Alexeyev continued to play on the right side in the third defensive pairing for Salavat during the month of November.

Alexeyev turned 21 on November 15 and celebrated with friends and family.

Alexeyev moved up to the right side of second pair for one game on November 16.

Alexeyev scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game on November 25 against Niznekamsk. Alexeyev also had an assist in the game.

Alexeyev’s first goal of the game came just 58 seconds into the contest, giving Salavat an early 1-0 lead. Alexeyev would receive the puck at the right point, cross the ice and fire one from the top of the left circle for the score.

Alexeyev’s second score came at 5:19 of the second period. The score was very similar to the first, as Alexeyev received the puck at the top of the slot, moved to his left and fired a shot from the left dot, giving Salavat a 2-1 lead early in the first period.

Alexeyev was awarded the player of the game honors in the Salavat locker room. The player also gets to don the traditional Salavat hat.

Alexeyev was asked in an interview for the team website following the game if he was getting more comfortable playing in the KHL.

“Well, yes, with every game it gets better and better, I start to feel the game here in the KHL. The coaches trust, they say what to do, and I do it.”

Alexeyev was also asked about the fact he is on loan to Salavat and he might be returning to Washington soon.

“So far nothing has been said, nothing has been heard.”

After a mostly quiet month of November, Alexeyev’s two goals today give him four goals and four assists on the season. His minutes have picked up in November as well. Defensively, Alexeyev continues to block shots as has become a solid characteristic of his play. [Click to enlarge]

ANALYSIS – Alexeyev has settled in on the right side of the third pair, where he has played for most of the games in November. Whether a request by the Capitals, or just based on defensive needs by Salavat, Alexeyev’s consistent play on the right side is a good sign for the Capitals, who are thin with right-side defensive prospects. After a down-turn for a good portion of the month, the Salavat head coach got on Alexeyev a bit, said he wasn’t jumping into the zone (Among other rookie issues). Alexeyev scored two goals the next game. Alexeyev is still making mistakes in the three games we watched, but that is somewhat to be expected.

TRENDING: SAME


ALIAKSEI PROTAS – Protas did not play in the first game of the month against Lokomotiv on November 1. He was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. The team then had off until November 11.

The head coach of Dynamo Minsk, Craig Woodcroft, contracted the coronavirus, the press service of the Belarusian club announced on November 9.  “I feel good. The disease is running with few symptoms, so I hope to get through this period with minimal losses. It is much more difficult to take quarantine for granted. And, of course, it is very frustrating to see the virus thwart the team’s plans. It is devastating.” The interim head coach during the period was former Washington Capital Mikhail Grabovsky.

Protas scored his fifth career KHL goal against Sibir on November 11. The tally set a Dinamo Minsk franchise record for most goals by a 19-year-old in a single season. The tally came at 10:40 of the first period. Protas would redirect a shot from the left point for the score.

Yegor Sharangovich, who in the 2017/18 season scored four goals in 47 games, previously held the record. Protas recorded four goals in just 14 games and set the new franchise record in just 22 games.

The goal also helped Dinamo Minsk reach another milestone in the game. They scored five goals in 10:57 of the first period. That is the fastest time a KHL team has recorded five goals in a game.

Protas was elevated from 3C to 1C against Barys for the next game on November 15. The top line would score 3 of 4 goals in Dinamo’s 4-1 win over Barys. Protas had two assists in the game.

Protas was named KHL Rookie of the Week on November 16. Protas, who won three of three away games with his team last week, scoring 3 (1+2) points.

After leading the Bison on a 3-0 road trip, which included a game where Protas played center on the top line and recorded two assists, Protas would record his sixth goal of the season in Dinamo’s homecoming against Sochi on November 19.

The tally came at the 10:54 mark of the opening frame, tying the game 1-1. Protas would find the open ice in the slot, gather a pass from below the goal and wrist one top left for the score.

Dinamo Minsk would tie the game 2-2 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime. Dinamo Minsk would win it 2:22 into the extra frame with a goal from Kozun Brandon.

Dinamo’s head coach was asked about Protas’ play the following day. “After the international break, Alexei Protas is playing great games. Before that, he had a slight decline. But we talked to him, tried to explain where he needs to improve his game. And now he’s playing really good hockey. He manages to score, he plays a big role on the team. This is a very talented hockey player who has a great future,” Craig Woodcroft is sure.

Protas would return to center the top line in the next game on November 21 against CSKA.

On November 25, Protas and a few of his teammates helped Dinamo Minsk with a pet adoption event. Protas shared his impressions:

“A great project, there should be more of them. Because you need to help the animals. People who actively do this are admirable.”

How did you find a common language with the dog?

”It is clear that this was an unusual situation for a dog. Perhaps she was a little shocked :). But we quickly hit it off, I think the photography turned out. One feels that Naida is kind, sincere.”

Do you have animals at home?

“There used to be a decorative rabbit, but since he was gone, I have not turned on anyone else. In the future, I would like to have a dog at home. I love cats too. When I went to the village as a child, my neighbor had a lot of kittens, they often came running to us to be stroked.”

For the month, Protas had two goals and two assists in eight games played. For the season he has six goals and three assists in 28 games played. Protas is in the top three in points in the KHL for players under 20. [Click to enlarge]

ANALYSIS: Protas has done well at learning the KHL game, and has shown signs of flourishing in the league. He looks comfortable on the ice, playing with men much older and done well in playing Dinamo’s team game. He continues to see time on the team’s first power play unit and has been responsible in his own zone in the three games we watched. At this point it may be best for his growth and overall development that he now finish out the season in the KHL, rather than return to the WHL. He is still reportedly on loan until the Capitals begin training camp.

TRENDING: UP


AXEL JONSSON-FJALLBY – Vasterviks signed brothers Marcus and Jonathan Davidsson during the first week of November. Both brothers have a long past in Djurgårdens IF, where they often played together with Axel Jonsson Fjällby. The new signings instantly propelled Jonssson-Fjallby to the top line for the second game of the month on November 6.

Jonsson-Fjallby scored his third goal of the season on November 18 to help Vasterviks IK beat Vasby 3-2. Jonsson-Fjallby also recorded an assist in the contest.

But Jonsson-Djallby was otherwise really quiet for the month, recording a goal and two assists in seven games. For the season he has three goals and eight assists in 17 games played. He is shooting 5.76%. [Click to enlarge]

ANALYSIS – Jonsson-Fjallby is seeing huge minutes, but the offensive production just isn’t there. He had gone nearly a full month without a score before his tally on November 11. Axel’s other two goals this season came on October 20 against Mora. Again, Vasterviks is in the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan of the Swedish league, so one would assume Axel should be thriving.

TRENDING: DOWN


DAMIEN RIAT – A positive case of Covid was reported on October 30 at Genève-Servette Hockey Club, as a result of which the entire team went into preventive quarantine and all team members were subjected to tests. Several results were been found to be positive. Sunday November 1’s match against HC Lugano was postponed.

The cantonal doctor announced on November 1 that Genève-Servette, the players and the staff, would have to observe a quarantine of ten days as nine people had been infected with COVID-19.

When play resumed mid-month, Riat continued to anchor the 2RW position. He recorded an assist in Geneve-Servette’s 4–0 win over EV Zug on November 13. He recorded his first goal of the month, a power play tally, the following game against HC Davos on November 14.

Riat would return to the scoresheet the following game on November 20 with his 4th goal of the season. Riat would receive a feed from behind the goal and blasted one from the left circle for the score. Riat also had an assist in the game.

For the month of November, Riat had two goals and four assists in six games played. For the season he has four goals and nine assists in 12 games played.

ANALYSIS: Riat is looked good in the two games we watched. His speed and puck sense were always on display. Hopefully he will get more games before he is to return to Washington for Capitals training camp. He is a dark horse to make some significant noise for a roster spot when camp opens.

TRENDING: UP


TOBIAS GEISSER – Geisser continued to anchor the second defensive pair spot (2LD) to start the month. For the month of November, his team, EV Zug, played in just three games: November 10, November 13, and November 14. December promises to be a busier month for the team. For the year, Geisser has scored 1 goal in 8 games.

TRENDING: SAME



Photo: Michael Erichsen

BOBBY NARDELLA – Nardella continues to see significant minutes and has found a steady home on Djurgarden second pair. Nardella played in eight games in November and continued to quickly adapt to the different rink size and style of play in Sweden.

Offesnively Nardella was shutout for the month of November.

TRENDING:SAME


BOGDAN TRINEYEV – For the month of November, Trineyev divided his time between the MHL, VHL, and KHL levels for Moscow Dynamo. He played in one game for Moscow Dynamo in the KHL on November 30 and had 5:25 in ice time but scored no goals or assists.  He has played three games at the KHL level thus far in 2020-21 and has yet to record a goal or an assist.

At the VHL level (Second Tier) this year he has played in nine games thus far, scoring one goal and recording one assist for two points overall. He has averaged 15.9 minutes in ice time per game.  Trineyev, 18, played one game for them in November on November 19 and recorded no goals or assists

Trineyev has spent more time at the MHL level (junior level) than any other level.  In the MHL for the month of November, he played in six games and had a total of one assist. Overall, his totals for the season at the MHL level are six goals and five assists.

TRENDING: SAME


DANIEL CARR – Carr continued to anchor the 2LW position in November. Carr added an empty net goal for a 4-2 win on November 14.

According to Patrick Della Valle, Carr played his last game with Lugano on November 14.

The Capitals signed Daniel Carr on October 11, just three weeks after the Capitals inked Peter Laviolette as their new head coach. One can easily surmise that Laviolette had a significant say in the decision to sign Carr, who played 11 games for Laviolette last season in Nashville.

After the signing, Carr was immediately loaned to HC Lugano of the Swiss League on October 11, where he had already secured a playing role for Lugano at left wing on the top line.

It was reported last week that Carr has subsequently ended his playing time in Switzerland following HC Lugano’s game on November 14. Carr finished his stint with Lugano sitting atop team scoring with 4g, 4a in 8 games played.

There are reports that a Lugano player returning from injury and maximum number of foreign contracts ended Carr’s stint in Lugano, but the move is probably mutual, as Carr has likely begun his transition to North America to quarantine and begin preparations for the upcoming season.

Daniel Carr completed his stint with Ligano, sitting atop team scoring with 8pts in 8GP. Carr contributed a goal as Lugano defeated Ambri Piotta 4-2.

TRENDING: UP


OSKAR MAGNUSSON – Magnusson was loaned from the Malmö Redhawks to Tyringe SoSS on November 12.

In 2020-21, he has primarily played for Malmo Redhawks at various levels but was also lent to Tyringe SoSS in the HockeyEttan (third tier Swedish League) where he could get more playing time.

Magnusson has played five games during 2020-21 and scored one goal and earned two assists. He played with Malmo Redhawks Under 20 Junior team for 12 games, scoring three goals with six assists. He played six games with the Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish Elite League this season with no goals or assists.

TRENDING: SAME


HENDRIX LAPIERRE – Chicoutimi’s last game prior to November was an Oct. 11, against the Shawinigan Cataractes.

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) announced on November 8th that it would move forward with its plans to bubble players from Nov.17 to 27 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

On Monday November 16 Lapierre reported to Team Canada’s U20 selection camp in Red Deer, Alberta. This is the first selection camp for Lapierre. The camp will last for the 28 days prior to the 2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton, Alberta.

Lapierre played in two intra-squad scrimmages centering the 4th line for team red.

Hockey Canada announced on November 25 that all players, coaches and staff participating in Team Canada’s U20 selection camp currently being held in Red Deer, Alberta woupundergo a 14-day quarantine as required by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

On November 24 it was announced that two of the 46 players participating in this years selection camp for the 2021 World Juniors Championship tested positive for COVID-19. As per government order, any person coming in close contact with someone testing positive must quarantine for 14 days. Hockey Canada confirmed Wednesday night that they would adhere to the local order.

Assuming all players, coaches and staff began their quarantine on Tuesday, the camp would be able to re-start camp activities on December 7. That would leave about a week of additional training before the team is to depart for Edmonton in advance of the 2021 World Junior Championship.

The month was essentially lost for Lapierre due to COVID-19. He has an outside shot at making the Canadian juniors team.

TRENDING: SAME


CONNOR MCMICHAEL – On Monday, November 16 McMichael reported to Team Canada’s U20 selection camp in Red Deer, Alberta. This is the second selection camp for McMichael. The camp will last for the 28 days prior to the 2021 World Junior Championship to be held in Edmonton, Alberta.

McMichael started at left wing on the top line for Team Red in both camp scrimmmages.

McMichael would score in the first Team Canada scrimmage on November 21.

Hockey Canada announced on November 25 that all players, coaches and staff participating in Team Canada’s U20 selection camp currently being held in Red Deer, Alberta will undergo a 14-day quarantine as required by the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.

On November 24 it was announced that two of the 46 players participating in this years selection camp for the 2021 World Juniors Championship tested positive for COVID-19. As per government order, any person coming in close contact with someone testing positive must quarantine for 14 days. Hockey Canada confirmed Wednesday night that they would adhere to the local order.

Assuming all players, coaches and staff began their quarantine on Tuesday, the camp would be able to re-start camp activities on December 7. That would leave about a week of additional training before the team is to depart for Edmonton in advance of the 2021 World Junior Championship.

ANALYSIS: McMichael just needs games. In Canada’s selection camp scrimmages he looked to be picking up where he left off, but then camp was thrown into the two week quarantine.

TRENDING: SAME


MARTIN HUGO HAS – Has reported to the Czech Republic’s U20 team’s selection camp, which began on November 4 at Kalich Arena in Litoměřice.

According to iSport.cz and the HC Benátky nad Jizerou website, Washington Capitals defensive prospect Martin Hugo Haš will join HC Benátky nad Jizerou in the Czech’s Chance (second) League while waiting for the season to start in North America. 

Has, 19, was to start the year in the OHL, where he played last year with Guelph, but the OHL season has been delayed until after the new year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Has, #88, made his debut with HC Benátky nad Jizerou on November 21. He would record an assist on HC Benátky‘s first goal.

Since our initial report, the 19-year-old made his debut with HC Benátky nad Jizerou in the Czech’s Chance (second) League. He recorded an assist in his first game, and spent almost twenty minutes on the ice in a tough battle with Vrchlabí.

Has will return to the Czech Republic’s U20 training camp in about a week in order to begin final preparations for the upcoming World Junior Championship. Until then, he’ll get in a few games with HC Benátky.

TRENDING: SAME


PROSPECT PLAYING TIME DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The following table tracks the playing time of each of the Capitals prospects on a week-by-week basis since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It should be noted that several players remain unsigned free agents. [Click to enlarge]


NOTES

  • The COVID-19 pandemic postponed quite a few games in the month of November, particularly in the Swiss National League and the QJMHL.
  • The cancelation of the Ivy League’s season leaves Washington Capitals’ goaltending prospect Mitchell Gibson in a bit of a tough spot. Gibson said in an interview in April that he is fully committed to getting his degree at Harvard (As he should be). However, the cancellation of the season and inability to move or play for another team could mean he will be looking at a very lengthy hiatus from the game. Gibson’s last game for Harvard was on March 11. Without a 2020-21 season Gibson could be looking at as much as 18 months away from the game, if he is unable to find some form of structured competition in the next nine months. Hopefully he will be invited to Capitals training camp, just for the workouts.
  • On November 30 the Commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced that the League is pausing its activities from December 1st, 2020 to January 3rd, 2021. “The current situation with the pandemic in the regions in which we operate makes it extremely difficult to play games,” shared Commissioner Gilles Courteau. “With the Holidays just around the corner, the Provinces in the Maritimes have restricted access and travel while in Quebec, red zone restrictions do not permit us to play.”
  • Players including Brett Leason, Garin Bjorklund, Kody Clark, Bears Hughes, Lucas Johansen, Joe Snively and Riley Sitter have essentially been idle since March and need games.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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