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Ranking the 5 Most Dangerous Snipers in Philadelphia Flyers History

Brad KurtzbergContributor IJanuary 16, 2014

Ranking the 5 Most Dangerous Snipers in Philadelphia Flyers History

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    The Flyers have had many dangerous goal scorers in their history.
    The Flyers have had many dangerous goal scorers in their history.Steve Babineau/Getty Images

    Fans love great goal scorers—the players who make goalies hold their breath and opposing defensemen back up in anticipation of their next scoring chance.

    The Philadelphia Flyers have had some great snipers since they entered the NHL in 1967. Here is a look at the five greatest in franchise history.

    Keep in mind that these are not necessarily the five players who have the most goals in Flyers history. Being a sniper is a particular kind of player who is considered dangerous when he's on the ice and a consistently high goal scorer.

    How long a player was with Philadelphia and how many outstanding seasons they had are also taken into consideration when compiling this list.

    Feel free to comment on any player on this list or to mention anybody you feel deserves to be here but was omitted. As always, state why you feel your candidate belongs among the top five.

Honorable Mention

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    Eric Lindros was a dangerous goal scorer before injuries felled his career.
    Eric Lindros was a dangerous goal scorer before injuries felled his career.Ian Tomlinson/Getty Images

    Just missing the top five were two very dominant Flyers players: Eric Lindros and Rick MacLeish.

    Lindros scored 290 goals in 486 games with the Flyers. He had four years with at least 40 goals, including a career-high 47 in 1995-96. During the lockout-shortened 1995-96 season, Lindros scored 29 goals in 46 games.

    Unfortunately, repeated concussions slowed down Lindros and limited his effectiveness. He ranks eighth all-time in Flyers history in goals scored.

    Meanwhile, MacLeish scored 328 goals during his 12 seasons in orange and black.

    In 1972-73, the speedy Cannington, Ontario native became the first Flyer to score 50 goals. He had 49 goals in 1976-77 and topped the 30-goal mark seven different times.

    MacLeish played a vital role in both Flyers Stanley Cup wins.

5. Reggie Leach

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    Reggie Leach was a very dangerous goal scorer for the Flyers.
    Reggie Leach was a very dangerous goal scorer for the Flyers.Denis Brodeur/Getty Images

    The Flyers acquired Reggie Leach via trade from the California Golden Seals in the summer of 1974. He immediately made the defending Stanley Cup champions a more dangerous team.

    Leach combined with Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber to form one of the best trios in franchise history.

    Leach scored 45 goals in his first season with the Flyers and helped them repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

    The following season, Leach had a career-high 61 goals. In the playoffs, he went on a record-breaking hot streak, finishing with 19 goals and 24 points in 16 games. Leach won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP despite the fact that the Flyers fell to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 Stanley Cup Final in four straight games.

    Leach had another 50-goal season in 1979-80, the year the team had a record-breaking unbeaten streak and again reached the Stanley Cup Final.

    Leach scored 306 goals in 606 career games with the Flyers.

     

4. John LeClair

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    John LeClair was a dangerous goal scorer for the Flyers in the '90s.
    John LeClair was a dangerous goal scorer for the Flyers in the '90s.Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

    John LeClair was the most dangerous goal scorer on the famed "Legion of Doom" line which also featured Mikael Renberg and Eric Lindros.

    LeClair registered three consecutive seasons with at least 50 goals from 1995-96 through 1997-98, becoming the first American-born NHL player to accomplish that feat. He also helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 1996-97. He led the NHL in plus/minus in 1996-97 and 1998-99.

    The former University of Vermont star spent 10 seasons with the Flyers, scoring 333 goals in 649 games during the regular season and adding another 35 tallies in the playoffs.

     

3. Brian Propp

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    Brian Propp has the second-highest goal total in Flyers history.
    Brian Propp has the second-highest goal total in Flyers history.Steve Babineau/Getty Images

    The Flyers made Brian Propp their first-round pick in the 1979 NHL draft after he put up some impressive numbers in juniors with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

    He joined the Flyers in 1979-80 and scored 34 goals in his rookie season.

    Propp would become a consistent goal scorer for the Flyers, accumulating eight seasons with 30 or more goals and topping 40 goals in a season four times.

    Propp reached the Stanley Cup Final three times with the Flyers (1980, 1985 and 1987) and five times during his NHL career but never won a championship.

    In 790 games with the Flyers, Propp scored 369 goals, good for second on the all-time franchise list.

2. Bill Barber

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    Bill Barber is the Flyers' all-time goal-scoring leader.
    Bill Barber is the Flyers' all-time goal-scoring leader.Steve Babineau/Getty Images

    No player has scored more goals for the Philadelphia Flyers than Bill Barber. Barber tallied 420 times in 903 games with Philadelphia. He added 53 more goals in playoff play for the Flyers.

    Barber played in 12 seasons for the Flyers and never scored fewer than 20 goals in a campaign. He was also an integral part of both Flyers championship seasons and their 35-game unbeaten streak in 1979-80.

    His best year came in 1975-76, when he scored 50 goals and 112 points. He had four other seasons with more than 40 goals.

    Barber was very consistent and was more than just a goal scorer. He played sound defensively and was a talented passer as well.

    He later served as a coach of the Flyers and their minor league affiliate. Barber won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's coach of the year in 2000-01.

1. Tim Kerr

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    Tim Kerr was one of the most dangerous power-play goal scorers in NHL history.
    Tim Kerr was one of the most dangerous power-play goal scorers in NHL history.Denis Brodeur/Getty Images

    Tim Kerr was one of the most productive players in NHL history on the power play. He was a rock in front of the opposing net and could have been one of the game's great all-time goal scorers if injuries had not cut his career short.

    Kerr had four consecutive seasons with 50 or more goals for the Flyers from 1983-84 through 1986-87, including back-to-back 58-goal campaigns.

    In 1985-86, Kerr set an NHL single-season record with 34 power-play goals in a season.

    Shoulder and back injuries slowed him down, although he still managed to score 48 goals in 1988-89.

    Kerr scored 363 goals in 601 games with the Flyers, which places him third in franchise history.

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