Capitals' final report cards: Eric Fehr

Capitals' final report cards: Eric Fehr
May 6, 2014, 1:30 pm

CSNWashington.com Capitals Insider Chuck Gormley will evaluate the 2013-14 performance of each player on the Caps roster. One breakdown will occur every weekday in alphabetical order. Today: Eric Fehr

Position: Right Defense

Shoots: Right wing/center

Age: 28 [turns 29 Sept. 7]

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 212

Games: 73

Goals: 13

Assists: 18

Points: 31

Penalty minutes: 32

Plus-Minus: Even

Average Ice Time: 14:44

Contract Status: 1 year remaining on 2-year, $3 million contract [$1.5 million cap hit in 2014-15]

Strengths: Fehr may never use his size like Milan Lucic, but he definitely used it to his advantage this season, shielding pucks and creating chances for himself and linemates Joel Ward and Jason Chimera. Fehr has a hard, accurate shot and proved he belongs in the NHL after being cast aside by the Winnipeg Jets. Fehr was sixth among Caps forwards in shorthanded ice time [73:17] and 10th in power play time [43:57].

Weaknesses: Before this season, Fehr had never taken faceoffs regularly in the NHL, which might explain why he won 46 percent of them this season [196 of 426]. In all fairness Fehr had played his entire career as a right wing and was asked to play a foreign position because of the Caps’ backlog of right wings.

Memorable Moment: On Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fehr notched the third two-goal game of his career in dramatic fashion, tipping the game-winner past Anders Lindback with 51.5 seconds remaining in regulation to salvage  a 4-3 win. The Caps blew a 3-1 lead they had built early in the game. Fehr has more career goals against the Lightning [10] than any other NHL team.

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Quotable: “We’ve had this group of guys here for a long time, and we know what’s expected of us. I think everybody was thinking the exact same thing ‘We’re going to pull out of it, it’s going to happen, we’re going to pull out of it.’ That we are going to be okay. And, it didn’t happen this time. Maybe shame on us looking in hindsight, but I think everyone in here had the confidence that we were going to be able to turn it around and do it without a big blowout meeting.”

2014-15 Expectations: Fehr has not lived up to the expectations the Caps had for him when they took him 18th overall in the 2003 draft, ahead of players like Ryan Getzlaf [19th], Ryan Kesler [23rd], Mike Richards [24th] and Corey Perry [28th]. But he actually exceeded expectations this season considering the Caps signed him as a free agent. That said, Fehr is in the prime of his hockey career and is capable of being a 20-goal scorer.