Capitals scouts traveled to Brandon, Manitoba to see Ryan Stone–however, they ended up raving more about a right winger, Eric Fehr. They picked him 18th overall in the 2004 draft.
2005-06: After two back to back 50-goal campaigns in the WHL, Fehr made the jump to professional hockey in 2005-06, and has been impressive. Fehr had a very productive training camp with the Capitals. He started the season in Hershey, and quickly became the premier offensive threat for the team.
Fehr made his NHL debut with Washington on December 18th and played a decent game, finishing with 2 shots and 2 PIMs. He even got some playing time on the top line with Danius Zubrus and top prospect, Alexander Ovechkin. Despite a sound performance, Fehr was quickly reassigned to Hershey for further conditioning. However, it is anticipated that Fehr will see more time with the big club as the season progresses.
2006-07: With 22 goals and 19 assists in 40 games with the Hershey Bears, Fehr almost matched the total statistics he put up in 2005-06, despite playing 30 fewer games. His point per game production at the AHL level, matched with a growing Capitals injury list, gave Fehr a brief chance to shine at the NHL level in the 2006-07 season. With limited playing time in 14 games, Fehr scored his first two NHL goals and registered an assist with a +3 rating.
"Eric has a real nose for the net, a pure scorer. He's the guy who's most likely to score the 'big goal'. He plays well in traffic, skates well for his size. He's a very competitive guy and very well respected by his teammates." - Brandon head coach Dean Clark
Fehr is a terrific sniper, and possesses a strong, accurate wrist shot. Although he could stand to gain a few more pounds, Fehr does use his size well, and is very difficult to knock off the puck when he is cycling in the corners. Like many players his size, he is not a great skater. However, he does make up for it with superb on-ice awareness and sound defensive play.