Ranking the 5 Greatest Scorers in Philadelphia Flyers History
To say the Philadelphia Flyers are struggling to score goals this season would be an understatement.
A team loaded with offensive potential has managed just five goals through the club's first four games. That sluggish pace produced an 0-3 start, which Monday led to the firing of Peter Laviolette.
Now the Orange and Black turn to Craig Berube, the 18th bench boss in Philly's history, to get things turned around quickly.
But goal scoring hasn't always been a problem in the City of Brotherly Love. Here's a look at the five greatest scorers in Flyers history.
5. John LeClair
John LeClair, one of the all-time great power forwards, notched 333 of his career 406 NHL goals with the Flyers.
In 10 seasons in Philadelphia, he managed at least 20 goals eight times, including three straight 50-goal campaigns from 1995-96 to 1997-98.
Even more impressively, LeClair, as part of Philly's vaunted "Legion of Doom" line, paced the team in goals for five straight years (1995-2000).
His cannon of a slap shot was nearly impossible for goaltenders to track, and LeClair was a master of finishing second-chance opportunities in and around the net front.
4. Bobby Clarke
The face of the Philadelphia Flyers in the '70s and early '80s, Bobby Clarke played 15 seasons in the NHL, all in the City of Brotherly Love.
In that time, the Manitoba native tallied 358 goals, which included nine seasons with 20 or more conversions. What's more, in a five-year stretch from 1971-72 to 1975-76, Clarke recorded 30 or more goals in four out of five campaigns.
Finally, the Flyers' captain and two-time Stanley Cup champion led the team in goals scored three times in a four-year period (1970-71, 1971-72 and 1973-74).
Clarke only surpassed the 30-goal mark four times in his 15-year NHL career and never once eclipsed 40, but his consistency, durability and longevity make him one of the greatest scorers in Philadelphia's history.
3. Tim Kerr
Tim Kerr played all but 54 of his 655 career NHL games in Philadelphia. As a result, the majority of his goals came in a Flyers sweater.
Of the 370 career goals notched by Kerr, 363 came in Philly.
In 11 seasons with the Flyers, he produced eight campaigns with at least 20 goals. Even more impressively, Kerr managed a stretch from 1983-84 to 1986-87 of four straight seasons with at least 50 conversions. During that time, the Windsor, Ontario native recorded an astounding 224 goals in just 304 games.
In just 11 seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, Kerr paced the Flyers in goals five times (1983-1987, 1988-89).
2. Brian Propp
Brian Propp spent parts of 11 seasons in Philadelphia and managed 369 of his career 425 goals in a Flyers jersey.
The Saskatchewan native registered 25 or more goals in each of his 10 full seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. That run includes a stretch of five straight years in which he managed at least 39 goals from 1981-82 to 1985-86.
Surprisingly, despite his impressive goal-scoring totals, Propp never once led the Flyers in goals scored in a single season. Still, his relentless goal-producing consistency makes him one of top scorers in franchise history.
1. Bill Barber
Bill Barber is the most prolific goal scorer in Flyers history and a lock as Philadelphia's all-time greatest scorer.
He spent his entire NHL career in Philly. During the course of 12 seasons with the Flyers, Barber tallied a franchise-record 420 goals.
To this day, he remains the only player in NHL history to have registered over 400 goals in a Flyers sweater. In fact, the Callander, Ontario native has scored 51 more goals as a Flyer than Philadelphia's second-highest goal producer (Brian Propp, 369).
Barber managed at least 20 goals in each of his 12 NHL campaigns and produced 30 or more tallies nine times. Unsurprisingly, he led the Flyers in goals scored on four different occasions (1977-78, 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82).
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