Des Moines Buccaneers

Fantasy Summary

Quickly improving big, playmaking winger.


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June 2024 – The Capitals decided to select the younger Protas in the third round, like his older brother, with pick 75. Pat Quinn


April 2024 – Protas has fallen under the radar for a number of reasons: it’s his first season in North America, his USHL team isn’t very good and he doesn’t have a booming offensive game. But he’s been one of the most improved players as the season’s gone on and has defined himself as a real offensive threat. His combination of size and effective passing makes him really hard to force into errors. He won’t knock your socks off, but he plays a simple, effective and possession focused game that makes it easy to see him as a bottom 6 option. If he adds to his repertoire and gets more creative, there may be some real top 6 potential here. This is not without precedent either, his brother Aliaksei, has seen a similar path and success as a member of the Washington Capitals. Considering this is his first year in North America, and having played in Belarus for a majority of his career, how quickly Protas has adapted may mean we are just scratching his surface – David Saad (April Ranking: HM)

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country BLR
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 18, 2006
Height 6‘3”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2022-2023 Team Belarus U17Belarus Vysshaya29 19 1534 37|Playoffs2 1 01
  Team Belarus U18Belarus Vysshaya10 5 49 0|Playoffs11 4 26
  Team Belarus U17Tsyplakov Cup2 1 01 0|        
 2023-2024 Des Moines BuccaneersUSHL61 14 3751 14|        
  Team Belarus U18Tsyplakov Cup2 1 23 0|