The Washington Capitals signed forward Aliaksei Protas, their third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract worth $716,666 per year.
Protas, 18, posted 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games last season to rank seventh in points among rookies in the Western Hockey League. He had 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 23 playoff games with the Prince Albert Raiders.
The Capitals selected Protas with the 91st pick in the draft, acquired by trading their 118th and 129th overall selections in the 2019 draft to the New Jersey Devils.
Protas, from Belarus, represented his country at the 2018 Under-18 World Championship, recording a goal and three assists in four games.