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Eric Fehr: Making the Most of His Minutes

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When Eric Fehr scored his thirteenth goal of the season on Thursday night, it set a new single-season career high for the 24-year-old winger (who is still healthy and still scoring). His next goal or assist will tie his one-year best in points with 25, and he hasn't yet played forty games on the campaign.

As Fehr's breakout 2009-10 marches on, it's worth noting that nearly all of what he's been able to do scoring-wise has come at even strength (he's eighth among the team's regular forwards in power play time) and in limited minutes overall. The result? Some pretty impressive scoring rates. For example, here are the top-five players in the League in terms of goals scored per sixty minutes of five-on-five time (minimum 30 games played):

  1. Alex Ovechkin (2.06)
  2. Sidney Crosby (1.89)
  3. Ilya Kovalchuk (1.75)
  4. Eric Fehr (1.72)
  5. Patrick Marleau (1.71)

The four players in that group that aren't the subject of this post are currently the top four goal scorers in the NHL.

As for total points per sixty minutes of five-on-five hockey, Fehr again finds himself among the elite:

  1. Alex Ovechkin (3.95)
  2. Henrik Sedin (3.94)
  3. Daniel Sedin (3.85)
  4. Sidney Crosby (3.46)
  5. Ilya Kovalchuk (3.24)
  6. Loui Eriksson (3.04)
  7. Brad Richards (3.04)
  8. Patrick Marleau (3.01)
  9. Eric Fehr (3.01)
  10. Joe Thornton (2.99)

Seven of the League's top-ten scorers are in that group... not bad, eh?

Considering the ice time he has gotten and the quality of the teammates with whom he's played (Fehr has the lowest 5-on-5 QualTeam of any top-nine Cap forward), Eric Fehr's season to date is fairly remarkable. Hopefully, you've noticed.