How Did Martin Fehérváry Perform In His First NHL Start?


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The soon-to-be 20-year-old Martin Fehérváry made his NHL debut last night, partnering with Radko Gudas on the third pair. Fehérváry stepped directly into the NHL spotlight, seeing the fanfare of what a Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony looks like, as well as playing on a national stage on NBC Sports. For a rookie coming into his NHL debut, on such a large stage, he had a solid performance. Let’s take a look at some of his statistics in this post.

Among Caps defensemen, Fehérváry played the fewest minutes in time on ice. This is really to be expected in a rookie’s first NHL game. He still played 13:34, falling slightly below his partner Gudas at 14:28.

The impressive piece for Fehérváry here is that he had the second highest ‘Corsi For’ percentage for Caps defensemen with 64.71%. Long story short, that means that he was on the ice for 11 shots for, and 6 shots against. His ‘Fenwick For’ percentage was also in the same range at 64.29%.

One thing to note on these possession-based stats is that it’s far too early and much too small of a sample size to get excited about. Additionally, he had the second highest amount of offensive zone faceoff starts at 57.14%. This means that his deployments were largely sheltered, and you’re more likely to have positive (above 50%) Corsi and Fenwick For percentages when you’re in the offensive zone more than not. 

Although he had some solid plays in his own end and on the breakout, he had a pretty tough stretch in the game where he was beaten on a flip pass on a breakaway (which ended up resulting in Fehérváry knocking the net off its moorings), and then a delay of game penalty for flipping the puck over the boards in the defensive zone. The delay of game penalty didn’t cost the Caps on the scoreboard, but you can chalk that one up to the rookie jitters.

Overall, Fehérváry had a solid NHL debut. He was awarded the team hard hat (which so happens to be a Nats batting helmet) for his efforts after the game last night. We’ll at least see him for the next few games until Michal Kempny comes back from injury to make his season debut. Until then, it’ll be interesting to see how Fehérváry’s game matures with more NHL action.

By Justin Trudel

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About Justin Trudel

Justin is a lifelong Caps fan, with some of his first memories of the sport watching the team in the USAir Arena and the 1998 Stanley Cup appearance. Now a resident of St. Augustine, FL, Justin watches the Caps from afar. Justin graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from Towson University, and a Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology from Towson University. Justin is currently a product manager at a non-profit in Jacksonville, FL. Justin enjoys geeking out over roster construction and cap management.
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