Capitals Place Nic Dowd On Injured Reserve, Recall Aliaksei Protas From Hershey

The Washington Capitals announced on Monday morning that they have recalled center Aliaksei Protas from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have placed center Nic Dowd on the Injured Reserve list.

Dowd originally sustained a lower-body injury after playing 14:08 in last Saturday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. Dowd will be eligible to return Nov 4 at Florida. (IR designation is retroactive to Oct 27).

Protas, 20, has four points (1g, 3a) in six games with Hershey this season and his three assists are tied for the fifth most on the Bears.

Protas is a 6’6”, 210 lb left-handed center, drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round (#91 overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old Belarusian spent last season playing for Dinamo Minsk in the KHL and the Hershey Bears in the AHL. He also played for the Belarus national team this spring in the World Championship. Protas signed a three-year entry-level contract for $825,833 AAV on July 10, 2019.

[Aliaksei Protas: 2021 Annual Review and Forecast]

Protas recorded 18 points (10g, 8a) in 58 regular season games with Dinamo Minsk during the 2020-21 season. The Vitebsk, Belarus, native tied for fifth on the team in goals and tied for eighth in points, despite ranking 15th in time on ice per game (12:52) among Dinamo Minsk skaters with at least 30 games played.

Protas was re-assigned to Hershey on March 18 and made his AHL debut on March 31. He recorded seven points (2g, 5a) in 16 games with Hershey. Additionally, Protas represented Belarus at the 2021 IIHF World Championship, recording two assists in six games.

The Capitals face the Lightning tonight in Tampa. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Capitals Place Nic Dowd On Injured Reserve, Recall Aliaksei Protas From Hershey

  1. Anonymous says:

    A bit surprised. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is by far the hottest forward right now in Hershey, and no longer requires waivers. Maybe they are looking for a straight bottom six forward.

  2. steven says:

    Still no Shane! WHY?

  3. Dan Hornbaker says:

    I think this is also an indication that Hendrix is on his way out soon, which is why I think they added a Center.

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