All About Eric

Jeff Angus

2009-12-10

Eric Fehr

 

My opinion on Eric Fehr has been shared a few times here at DobberHockey. Fehr has been mentioned briefly in past articles as well as in a few of the daily ramblings. However, it is time to expand on why he is such an undervalued fantasy player, with a particular focus on his value in keeper leagues.

 

Fehr was a prolific scorer in junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings. In his final two seasons there, he tallied 109 goals in 142 regular season games. He finished off his WHL career in 2004-05 with a stellar 16 goal run in 24 playoff games. Finally, Fehr was awarded the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as league MVP to cap off the amazing season. He seamlessly transitioned to the professional game, scoring 25 goals with the Hershey Bears the very next season. Fehr continued his trend of clutch scoring, tallying eight goals in 19 playoff games for the Bears in 2005-06.

 

The injury bug struck Fehr the next season, as he only managed to suit up for 40 games with Hershey and 14 with the Capitals. However, he managed to improve on his per-game production from the previous season. His goals-per-game jumped from .36 to .55 (22 in 40 games). Fehr also put up 63 penalty minutes in those 40 games, although with less than 50 penalty minutes in close to 130 career games with the Capitals, that number looks to be more of an anomaly than a trend.

 

In 2007-08, Fehr continued to battle back and shoulder issues, and many were wondering whether his injuries were going to either force him in to retirement, or completely erase his shot at being a productive NHL player. Another tall, gifted offensive sniper battled serious back injuries. His name was Eric Daze. Although Daze managed to record 20+ goals in the NHL eight times (his only eight full seasons, not-so-coincidentally), many wondered if he could have been a 40-50-goal scorer. Like Fehr, Daze had consecutive 50-goal seasons to finish off junior. Daze, however, was able to make the jump straight to the NHL. He isn't a perfect comparison for Fehr, as he was both bigger and more talented (eight 20+ goal seasons in a row is pretty damn impressive, especially in the dead puck era'). However, unlike Daze, it appears as if Fehr has recovered fully from his back issues. Fehr owners would gladly take eight-straight 20+ goal seasons I am sure, so Daze may not be the best "negative" comparison.

 

Another player that Fehr reminds me of is former King, Penguin, and most notably Bruin, Glen Murray. Murray was drafted 18th overall in 1991. Fehr was drafted 18th overall in 2003 (note: I discovered this after doing the research, but I do love useless coincidences). Like Fehr, Murray was often mistakenly identified as a power forward because of his size. Murray used his large frame very well to get scoring chances and to become a dominant offensive player (a big body presence according to Pie