I want people to see him walk down the street and say ‘there goes Eric Fehr, the best outdoor scorer there ever was’ (Photo: Jamie Sabau)
Eric Fehr is the best. He makes everything better. He’s like bacon. He’s the bacon of hockey players. If you don’t like bacon or Eric Fehr, you must have some kind of moral stance against awesome. That’s fine. It’s your call and I respect that, but you’re missing out. Bacon and Eric Fehr are awesome.
|14.4||Average time on ice per game|
|49.0%||Shot attempt percentage during 5v5|
|48.6%||Goal percentage during 5v5|
|7.9%||On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5|
|92.3%||On-ice saving percentage during 5v5|
Eric Fehr didn’t get a lot of ice time until Thanksgiving. I guess he was sharing Dmitry Orlov’s doghouse. Say: do ya think, if those guys played, and lineups weren’t ridiculous, the Caps might’ve found four more standings points in those first two months? Yeah, me too. Oates.
Once Fehr got in the lineup, he was a solid but unspectacular role player, powering up the team’s forward depth and improving pretty much everyone he played with. Here are the only forwards who saw a smaller share of shot attempts when playing with Eric, minimum of 40 minutes together: Joel Ward (and just barely), Nick Backstrom, and Aaron Volpatti. Everyone else improved– and by an average of 1.5 percent. The guys Fehr spent the most time with– Chimera, Grabo, Ward, Brouwer– improved by 3.5 percent. That’s a lot.
While the rest of the team languished in possession hell, Fehr did something– and I have no earthly idea what– to remain afloat despite having below-average teammates and real tough zone starts.
In the end, Fehr sagged below 50 percent, but– ya know– Oates. Individually, he scored 13 goals and 31 points in just 73 games. With his shoulder problems a thing of the past, I think if you could give him a top-six slot on a non-Oates team for a full 82 games, you could get 20 goals out of Eric Fehr.
In case you didn’t notice, I love Eric Fehr. He’s gonna score a hatty at the Winter Classic. Take it to the bank.
Rachel Cohen got the jersey off Fehr’s back. Lucky girl.
And here’s another game-winner.
How great is Eric Fehr? I mean seriously? He’s great and all, but tell me using descriptive language. Write a haiku. Whatever. Let’s party.
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