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Better Know a Penguin: Eric Fehr

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Get to know the Penguins fourth liner.

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Eric Fehr is a good representation of why the Penguins are so good this year. The first-round draft pick of the Washington Capitals back in 2003 isn't near as important as players like Sidney Crosby or Phil Kessel, of course, but slotted on the fourth line Fehr perfectly represents how deep the Penguins are this season.

Despite playing on the bottom line with Matt Cullen and Tom Kuhnhackl, Fehr has a nice scoring touch despite only contributing two goals during the postseason. In a lot of ways, he provides what Dainius Zubrus gives the Sharks — strong possession thanks to a high hockey IQ rather than relying on physicality to get the job done.

Name: Eric Fehr

Number/Position: #16 / Center

Born: Age

Birthplace: Winkler, Manitoba, Canada

Height: 6'4"

Weight: 212

Shoots: Right

Drafted: 1st round (18th overall) by Washington in 2003

Assets

Possesses good instincts in all areas of the game, a very big frame and a streaky scoring touch. Knows where to be on the ice. Good in the slot, his soft hands are an advantage in heavy traffic. Unloads an accurate wrister. Is a good penalty killer and can play all three forward positions.

Flaws

It's not his style of play, but he would benefit greatly from utilizing his 6-4, 212-pound frame more to his advantage (but he's simply not very physical). Also, his skating is merely average by NHL standards. Injuries have been a problem throughout his professional career.

Career Potential

Quality, versatile veteran forward.

(Assets, Flaws and Career Potential via The Hockey News player page)

Hero Chart

Team Possession Chart

(courtesy of war-on-ice.com)