Capitals Place Anthony Mantha On Injured Reserve, Recall Aliaksei Protas

The Washington Capitals announced Friday morning that Anthony Mantha (upper-body injury) has been place on Injured Reserve. As a result, they also announced that they have recalled forward Aliaksei Protas.

Mantha was injured in the second period of the Capitals 5-4 overtime loss to the Panthers in Florida on Thursday night. He did not return for the third period.

Mantha will sit out for at least 7 days. That means he’ll miss his return to Detroit next Thursday.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled center Aliaksei Protas from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and have placed left wing Anthony Mantha on the Injured Reserve list, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Protas, 20, made his NHL debut on Monday in Tampa Bay. Prior to his recall to the Capitals on Nov. 1, Protas recorded four points (1g, 3a) in six games with Hershey this season.

The 6’6″, 225-pound center 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.

Protas spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL), where he recorded a combined 120 points (42g, 78a) in 119 games.

Protas finished the 2019-20 season with 80 points (31g, 49a) in 58 games and ranked ninth in the WHL in points. He became the third European player in Prince Albert’s history to record 80 points, joining Leon Draisaitl (2013-14: 105 points) and Milan Kraft (1998-99: 86 points).

Protas led Prince Albert in goals, assists, points, plus/minus (37) and game-winning goals (7) in 2019-20, while incurring eight penalty minutes, the fewest among the league’s top-50 scorers. Protas was selected to the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star Team and was named the WHL Eastern Conference Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year.

The Capitals selected Protas with their third round pick, 91st overall, in the 2019 NHL Draft.


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3 Responses to Capitals Place Anthony Mantha On Injured Reserve, Recall Aliaksei Protas

  1. Anonymous says:

    When it rains it pours.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:


  3. steven says:

    Shoulder surgery…..ouch. Know that it took mine a long time to heal. Wish him the best of luck. So maybe now is the time to start playing the kids in Hershey more and looking to trade some of the older highly priced players to other teams for picks. Any newson why Sammy lef the game last night; other than the HC being displeased with his work?

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