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.
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January 2022 – Protas was brought up to the NHL in November (disregarding the four minute call up game November 1) and the Capitals have not sent him down to play any games yet. Washington tried to send him down a couple times but COVID and other illnesses required him to either be immediately recalled or assigned to the December-created taxi squad. He was often promoted to the top line when the majority of injuries were ravishing the Capitals. Protas has seven points in 25 games but really does not look like he is ready for the NHL. He often seems to be a half second behind the play, hesitant to get the puck and does not use his size like he should. There are times when what he can be shines through and he creates plays with his passing ability and storms the net. He does need more time in the AHL though he should make the NHL sooner than later. Pat Quinn
October 2021 – Protas has four points in five games as he sits tied for third on the Bears in points. The points are there right now but the play is still inconsistent and he could benefit from using his body more, reading the play a bit quicker, and shooting more. He cannot always be a pass first player or he will get played as so. The size and skill is very intriguing and he could be very hard to stop if he puts it all together. Pat Quinn
September 2021 – Protas will be headed to the AHL for this season and will look to develop his game for a league that is more fast paced. Pat Quinn
March 2021 – Protas’ Minsk team was eliminated from the KHL playoffs in five games, but Protas had four p