Capitals Recall Aliaksei Protas From Hershey

The Washington Capitals announced Friday evening that they have recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from the Hershey Bears.


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Aliaksei Protas from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Protas, 22, has recorded 10 points (3g, 7a) in 43 games with Washington this season. The 6’6″, 235-pound forward appeared in 33 games with Washington during the 2021-22 season, ranking second among Capitals rookies in plus/minus (+4) and third in points (9). In 76 career NHL games with the Capitals, Protas has recorded 19 points (6g, 13a).

In eight games with Hershey this season, Protas has recorded five points (2g, 3a). The Vitebsk, Belarus native recorded 24 points (8g, 16a) in 42 games with the Bears in 2021-22, establishing AHL career highs in goals, assists, points and power play goals (2) and earning Hershey’s Rookie of the Year award. Protas has recorded 36 points (12g, 24a) in 66 career AHL games with Hershey.

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

Protas, who is waivers-exempt, started the season with the Capitals, but was sent to Hershey on January 7. He recorded no goals and three assists in five games played with the Bears before returning to Washington.

Protas was recalled by the Capitals on January 18 in time for the Capitals western road trip and played in one game against (Colorado Avalanche) prior to to be re-assigned to Hershey on February 1.

Protas recorded two goals in three games played during his stint in Hershey before being recalled again by Washington on February 10. Protas was once again re-assigned to Hershey on February 21, but saw no game action.

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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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18 Responses to Capitals Recall Aliaksei Protas From Hershey

  1. Anonymous says:

    Aliaksei go up, Aliaksei go down, Aliaksei go up…

    • hockeydruid says:

      I fear that he will soon need therapy as he will think he is a yoy!

    • novafyre says:

      Rubber ball, I come bouncin’ back to you
      Rubber ball, I come bouncin’ back to you

      I’m like a rubber ball
      Baby that’s all that I am to you (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
      Just a rubber ball
      ‘Cause you think you can be true to two (bouncy, bouncy) (bouncy, bouncy)
      You bounce my heart around (you don’t even put her down)
      And like a rubber ball, I come bouncin’ back to you
      Rubber ball, I come bouncin’ back to you

      • KimRB says:

        Bobby Vee

        First heard that song on the oldies station WXTR in the 80s

        While all friends were listening to Def Leppard and Duran Duran, I was interested in old rockabilly

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    Could a forward be sitting out for trade reasons tomorrow I wonder?

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      My exact first thought, Mark.

    • hockeydruid says:

      Lets just hope and pray that GMBM does not do one of his trades where he put a player and a pick together and gets another player as this tam does not need more salary or players at this time.

      • KimRB says:

        I’m afraid that’s exactly what we’re gonna get. BMac will deal the UFAs for draft capital, then flip that for established players. I don’t believe this is a full out rebuild, but a retool instead.

        Not saying I agree, just gazing into my crystal ball

        • hockeydruid says:

          Sad to say but I am beginning to think your crystal ball may be right. But then being honest what players on the Cps would other team want at this point? Either of the goalies, maybe Strome, Protas and probably Jensen and Fehervary and Gustaffson. The rest are either hurt, returning from injury or salary is such that a draft pick and a bad salary with age attached would be coming back or they can be picked up after the season for reasonable $$$ and not lose a pick. The Caps ae not really in a good position for trades that will benefit this team after trading Orlov and Hathaway as not much else will bring a lot. Combined Mantha and Eller will not bring what Orlov and Hathaway brought and might cost picks to move.

  3. Brianna says:

    This is very Sus

  4. horn73 says:

    I just hope Protas learns that you need to score when playing top 6. So much talk to players that play hard but don’t produce much. Go win a spot or lets trade this young center…sheeesh we are loaded with 4th line prospects.

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