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NHL Draft 2019: Caps Select Aliaksei Protas

The Caps trade up to grab another Prince Albert forward

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The Caps have traded up to #91 and snagged center Aliaksei Protas, a linemate of previous pick Brett Leason with the Prince Albert Raiders.

Here’s where Protas falls on some of the top rankings:

  • Ranked #79 by THE ATHLETIC
  • Ranked #64 by HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM
  • Ranked #58 by ISS HOCKEY
  • Ranked #94 by MCKEEN’S HOCKEY
  • Ranked #44 by NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING (NA Skaters)

The Athletic’s Corey Pronman on Protas:

[H]e’s a 6-foot-5 center who is a high-end passer and finisher, and he had a fantastic postseason for Prince Albert. For every moment Protas made a basic rush, there was a time he feathered a pass through a seam, saw a teammate coming with an eye in the back of his head or launched a hard wrister past a goalie from the circles. He can run a power play off the flank and make plays. If he fixes his skating, he’s got a chance to be a good player with his instincts and size down the middle.

Check out some of Protas’s 2018-19 highlights: