The Winnipeg Jets gambled this summer by acquiring Eric Fehr from the Capitals in the wake of another offseason shoulder surgery for the 26-year-old right wing. For the Capitals, Fehr's frequent shoulder injuries made him expendable as the team indulged in the free-agent market.
Fehr missed all of training camp and the first 19 games of the regular season recovering from his surgery, while the Jets established their new identity in a new town. He finally played his first game Nov. 19 and was eased into the lineup, initially playing less than 10 minutes per game on the fourth line in an effort to avoid re-injuring his shoulder.
It was a difficult adjustment for Fehr, who typically bounced between the second and third lines in Washington.
"Being on the fourth line, you don't want to make too many mistakes," Fehr told reporters. "I've been limiting my creativity and maybe I can work a little more on that and trying to be more offensive."
His lack of offensive production was obvious...