Washington Capitals News: Aliaksei Protas changes numbers, Rookie Showcase returns to MedStar

Aliaksei Protas, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Aliaksei Protas, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome to the latest Washington Capitals news on this beautiful Sunday. We’re close to the end of August. Thank whoever lord you worship. Soon we’ll hear the sound of skates on ice and we’ll walk into a rink and feel that “cold” again.

So there hasn’t been too much going on but there has been a few things. Aliaksei Protas changed his jersey number. Connor Bedard and other top NHL rookies are coming to the practice rink. In the meantime, the timeline for Max Pacioretty to return to action remains unclear.

Let’s get you all caught up:

Protas Changes Number To 21 For Capitals; Why It’s A Big Deal For Him

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Aliaksei Protas previously worn #59 but now his number has changed to #21. Is it a homage to Garnet Hathaway and Brooks Laich? Maybe. But it could also mean Protas could be ready to elevate his game. We’ll have a lot more on Protas later in our rapid fire previews of each player one by one that we’ve already started to do.

NHLPA Rookie Showcase returns to MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Connor Bedard and Vincent Iorio highlight participants

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The NHLPA Rookie Showcase is once again coming back to MedStar Capitals Iceplex per a report from PHNX’s Craig Morgan. It is the 13th version of the event and it will take place on September 5. A total of 35 NHL prospects are scheduled to attend.

The list of players include Connor Bedard the number one draft pick who was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks while the Caps lone representative will be Vincent Iorio.

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Timeline For Capitals’ Max Pacioretty’s Return To The Ice Still ‘Unclear’

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The Capitals will be without Max Pacioretty to start the season. We all knew that but what we don’t know is when he will be ready. New head coach Spencer Carbery’s guess is as good as ours.