There are many words you could use to describe the season of the Washington Capitals about halfway through the 2013 campaign. Almost none of them are positive.
However, as poor as it has been, there are a few bright spots on the roster here and there. One of those bright spots, somewhat quietly, as been Eric Fehr.
Fehr has gotten his opportunity to play in an increased role over the past several weeks, thanks to the sputtering offense of the Capitals. He started the season on the fourth line and has worked his way up since.
The Capitals brought Fehr back prior to the start of the season, after trading him to the Winnipeg Jets prior to the start of the 2011-2012 season. After a disappointing season with Winnipeg, Fehr proved completely healthy in a stint in Finland during the lockout, which helped him to get a new deal.
On the season Fehr has 12 points. While the total may not seem impressive, much of that has come in the Capitals’ most recent stretch. Which helps to show that the move to give him some increased minutes was the correct decision.
Fehr has points in three of the Caps’ five March tilts, with five of his 12 points coming in that stretch. He scored a beauty of an overtime winner against the Boston Bruins, in a game that saw Washington come back from a 3-0 deficit to grab the two points. One would have hoped that that would’ve been the turning point for this club, but they’ve dropped two of three since.
Even with the Capitals struggling, Eric Fehr has been a solid presence for them. He’s not the kind of guy who’s going to put up huge numbers, or really anything beyond 30 points, but he’s a solid role player for this team and could very well be back next season.