The Washington Capitals have signed Prince Albert Raiders forward Aliaksei Protas to a three-year, entry-level contract.
At the 2019 NHL Draft, Protas was selected in the third round, 91st overall, by the Capitals following a strong rookie season with the Raiders.
“I was so happy to join Prince Albert last season,” Protas said after his selection by the Capitals last month at the draft. “Lot of speed, very physical league.”
In 61 games during the regular season, the 6-foot-5, 192-pound product of Vitebsk, Belarus posted 40 points (11G-29A), including one power-play goal and two-game-winning goals. His regular season featured seven multi-point efforts, including one three-point game.
Protas’ impact shone through in the 2019 Western Hockey League Playoffs as he posted 22 points (12G-10A) in 23 games, helping the Raiders capture their second WHL Championship in team history. He had three power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
His 12 goals in the 2019 WHL Playoffs ranked third among all skaters, behind only teammates Dante Hannoun and Noah Gregor. His 22 points ranked him fifth in playoff scoring.
Of his four multi-point games in the playoffs, Protas utilized two of them to power the Raiders to victory in the Eastern Conference Championship. With his team tied 2-2 in their best-of-seven series with the Edmonton Oil Kings, Protas recorded hat tricks in Game 5 and 6 of the series.
In the 2019 Rogers WHL Championship Series, Protas recorded a point in six of the seven games against the Vancouver Giants.
Protas was originally selected 26th overall by the Raiders in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.