The first round of TSN.ca's 2013 Play of the Year Showdown continues with some impressive plays from former elite prospects and current impact players, Eric Fehr of the Washington Capitals and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.
Eric Fehr's 2013 POY entry encompasses strength, determination and a little razzle-dazzle. The big forward skates the puck across the Boston Bruins' blue line, splits the defensemen with some fancy stick-work and beats the goalie with a shot you have to see. This is the type of goal you might expect from Fehr's teammate Alex Ovechkin, but it is Fehr's strong play on the puck and great finish that earns him this trip to this year's POY – oh, and did we mention it was an overtime winner?
Matt Duchene's POY candidate happens at a slightly quicker pace. Duchene picks up the puck at centre ice and streaks in on the wing, virtually untouched. From there it's a one-on-one against Phoenix's goalie Mike Smith. Some quick moves, an effective fake and a smooth finish ensure Duchene's breakaway goal will stack up well against the other POY entries.
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- Fehr has had a very tough start to his career in Washington, from short stints with the club to tough injuries (herniated disk in his back) that held him back. Despite this, Fehr has had an excellent 2013 season, leading his team with a plus-14 +/- rating and finishing in the top-10 on his team in scoring. For his efforts, the Capitals signed Fehr to a two-year contract extension in late-April.
- Despite a few injuries, Matt Duchene has had tremendous success in his young hockey career. He has represented Canada four times in various international tournaments, capturing the gold in each of the events he participated in. Two-years ago, he led the Avalanche with 67 points (as a 20-year-old), and this year was tied for the team lead (43) with P.A. Parenteau.
- Fehr is a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan, even calling it out in his Twitter bio, and regularly tweets news about the Jays to his followers.
- Duchene hails from Haliburton, Ontario where the black flies get so bad from May to June that he would practice his shot outside while wearing a big bug net over his head. Clearly it was worth it