Aliaksei Protas on his skating: ‘I knew it was one of my weaknesses so I spent pretty much whole summer working on it’
The Washington Capitals selected Aliaksei Protas in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft. He has moved quickly through their system ever since. The six-foot-six, 230-pound Belorussian made his NHL debut last season and went on to play in 32 more games after that.
At some stages of the campaign, Protas looked like the raw prospect that he is, but at other times he impressed with his stickhandling, heavy shot, and two-way game.
Protas does have one biggest limitation though: his skating ability. But now, it could be turning into a strength.