Alexei Protas

Washington Capitals
https://www.japersrink.com/2019/6/22/18713546/nhl-draft-2019-caps-select-aliaksei-protas

Fantasy Summary

Protas is a massive centre that NHL teams covet, who is great at creating plays off the rush or on the powerplay and has improved his skating and shot.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country BLR
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 6, 2001
Height 6‘5”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 3; Overall: 91

Observations

March 2020 – It is too bad the CHL seasons are all cancelled (also likely the memorial cup, sadness, BUT safety comes first) as Protas completely broke through. He doubled his point total from 40 to 80 points in three less games (58 for 2019-2020), and that included 31 goals which goes against the thinking of him being pass first. He does still prefer to pass first but he is thankfully being more selfish. It would be best if Protas could go to the AHL for 2020-2021, but he will likely have to play in the WHL for another season and should dominate the league once again. The hope is he keeps developing no matter which league he is in as there is no room in the NHL for him for the near future. At 6-6, if Protas can continue to dominate the Capitals may have found a future #2 centre in the third round. Pat Quinn

 

December 2019 – Protas has taken his play to another level this year and has helped the Prince Albert Raiders to the teams 20-9-3-1 record. Did I mention he is the top player for the Raiders. He is leading the team in points with 42 points in 27 games, which is good for eighth overall in WHL scoring. Protas would be going to the World Junior Championship as the top player for Belarus but the team did not make the cut for the December 26 to January 5 tournament. Yet he was gone for the 2020 Division 1 World Junior tournament where he had seven points in five games as Belarus finished third. Pat Quinn

 

September 2019 – Protas was returned to the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL where he will look to build upon his strong end to the 2018-2019 season. The hulking centre will surely be in a top six role as the Raiders will again look to be a top contender in the WHL. Protas stood out in the Capitals exhibition leading the team early in scoring with three points in two games. He will still have to work on his skating and his shot but for a third round pick he may surprise people in the future. Pat Quinn

 

June 2019 – In the third round of the NHL entry draft the Capitals selected the towering centre and line mate of second round pick Brett Leason. Protas has a huge second half for Prince Albert even though he finished with 40 points in 61 games, but he really stood out in the playoffs where he posted 22 points in 23 games and also scored 12 goals as opposed to 11 in the regular season. Protas is a pass first centre that loves to thread passes all over the ice. He is also a beast at 6-5 and will need to keep working on his skill and skating as his body fills out. If he reaches his max potential he would be a second line centre that can make plays on a #1PP and also shut other teams down, but as a third round pick his odds are not the best to make it. Pat Quinn

 

Note: This player can also be referred to as Aliaksei Protas


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 Team Belarus U17 Belarus Vysshaya 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Team Belarus U17 Belarus Vysshaya 49 9 11 20 8 | Playoffs 3 1 3 4
  Belarus U18 WJC-18 5 1 3 4 0 |          
  Team Belarus U20 Belarus Development Cup 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2018-2019 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 61 11 29 40 4 | Playoffs 23 12 10 22
  Team Belarus U18 Belarus Cup 2 1 1 2 2 |          
  Team Belarus U20 Belarus Cup 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Prince Albert Raiders M-Cup 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Belarus U20 WJC-20 D1A 5 2 3 5 0 |          
 2019-2020 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 58 31 49 80 8 |          
  Belarus U20 WJC-20 D1A 5 4 3 7 6 |          

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