CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2012-13 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every day in alphabetical order. Today: Eric Fehr
Position: Right Wing
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 206
Penalty minutes: 10
Average Ice Time: 13:22
Contract Status: 2 years remaining on 2-year, $3 million contract [$1.5 million cap hit in 2013-14]
Strengths: If Wojtek Wolski was a summer gamble that went bad, Eric Fehr was a winter gamble that paid off. Signed to a one-year, $600,000 contract immediately following the NHL lockout, Fehr finished fifth on the Capitals with nine goals. Prorated over a full 82-game season that amounts to 18 goals. Fehr was also a team-best plus-14 and found himself sliding up and down the forward depth chart. A hard worker along the boards with good speed, Fehr was rewarded with a two-year, $3 million contract extension.
Weaknesses: Like just about everyone on the Caps roster, Fehr’s play dipped in the post-season. Despite a bump in ice time [from 13:22 to 15:52] Fehr recorded zero points on 13 shots and was a minus-2 in seven games against the Rangers. He also took three penalties, two short of what he compiled in 41 games in the regular season.
Memorable Moment: Who could forget Fehr’s incredible overtime goal that completed a four-goal comeback against the Bruins on March 5 at VerizonCenter? After Wolski tied the score at 3-3 late in the third period, Fehr took a pass from Nicklas Backstrom and split Boston defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton and s somehow lifted a shot over Tuukka Rask on his way to the ice. The goal completed Fehr’s first three-point game since March 3, 2008 when he picked up three assists in a 10-2 Capitals win over the Bruins.
2013-14 Expectations: Now that his shoulder troubles are behind him, Fehr should be able to play solid third-line minutes next season and score between 15 and 20 goals. He’s also capable of playing on the second power-play unit and on the penalty kill, where he could eat up some of Matt Hendricks’ minutes if Hendricks is not re-signed.