Aliaksei Protas Brett Leason Capitals Capitals draft Connor McMichael

Capitals draft recap

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In the 2019 NHL Entry Draft the Washington Capitals made four selections.

Here are their selections:

Connor McMichael

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McMichael was selected with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round. He is an excellent two-way player that brings a lot of different attributes to the table. While he primarily plays center, he can also play wing and can be effective on the penalty kill.

The Canadian had 72 points in 67 games for the London Knights in the OHL and had a 56 point improvement from the previous season.

McMichael has the potential to become a top 6 centerman in the near future for the Washington Capitals but is still a few years away.

Brett Leason

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Leason is 20-years old and played right wing for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League. Taken in the second round at 56th overall, he wasn’t drafted the last two years despite being draft eligible.

He is 6’4, 210 pounds and is a big power forward that has an elite net driving presence. Leason had 89 points in 55 games with 36 goals this past year.

He will go straight to the AHL Hershey Bears this fall instead of returning to juniors. If he plays well enough for the Hershey Bears he could potentially jump right into the NHL.

Aliaksei Protas

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The Caps traded up select center Aliaksei Protas in the third round. He was a linemate of previous pick Brett Leason with the Prince Albert Raiders.

A native of Belarus, Protas had 40 points in 61 games last season. He is a 6’5 center who needs to work on his skating but when he adds strength he can become a very good player for the Capitals in years to come.

Martin Hugo Has

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The Capitals traded once again to select Czech blueliner Martin Hugo Has.

At 6’4, he can move the puck and has above average hockey IQ. He may not be as fast but makes up with size and shutdown ability.

He is a right-handed defenseman, something the Capitals are lacking. He may project as a #4 defenseman which would be tremendous value for a fifth round pick.

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