The Washington Capitals have signed forward Aliaksei Protas to a five-year contract extension. The deal, worth a total of $16.875 million, will see the 23-year-old player earn $3.375 million per year.
“Aliaksei is a young and talented player, and we are excited to sign him to a long-term contract,” Capitals president of hockey operations and general manager Brian MacLellan said following the announcement of the deal. “He has taken great strides in his professional career, and we expect him to improve and play a pivotal and impactful role on this team for many years to come.”
Picked by the Capitals in the third round of the 2019 draft, Protas has contributed 18 points and three goals this season. He has played a role in lifting his team to a 22-15-6 record, putting them in contention for a playoff berth. Protas is ranked third in his team for assists and sixth in points.