Danny Briere and the Philadelphia Flyers' Top 20 Goal Scorers of All-Time
Since joining the Flyers in 2007, Danny Briere has proven to be an offensive weapon. In 52 games this season, Briere has accumulated a team-leading 27 goals and 19 assists for 46 points.
Where does Briere fit among the Flyers' all-time scoring leaders? Well, he ranks up there with some of the best. Briere is probably the best in the NHL when it comes to setting up behind the net. He also is lethal on the power play. If the opposition loses track of him, he will no doubt make them pay.
With Briere leading the way for the Flyers this season, it is only fitting that we look back in history at the Flyers' top 20 scorers of all-time.
20. Paul Holmgren
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Only fitting that the man in charge of making the Flyers a dominant team ranks 20th all-time for goal scoring. Paul Holmgren was a gritty player and played the game with a balance of scoring touch and toughness.
Holmgren scored a lot of goals by not being afraid to go into the tough areas of the ice. Over his career as a Flyer, Holmgren put up 138 goals in 500 games played for the franchise.
It's also fitting that Holmgren is also one of the most suspended Flyers players of all-time, sitting out nine times in his Flyers career.
19. Mark Howe
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In the mid-to-late 1980s, Mark Howe was the focal point of the Philadelphia Flyers defense. He was a finalist for the Norris Trophy three times. In the 1985-1986 season, he pitched in 24 goals and 58 assists for 82 points. He also tallied seven short-handed goals, a number that is almost unheard of for a defenseman.
In 594 games as a Flyer, Howe scored 138 goals, good enough for him to rank 19th on the Flyers all-time goal-scoring list. He is also the only defenseman in the top 20.
18. David Ross Lonsberry
David Ross Lonsberry was another gritty player. His two-way style meshed perfectly with the style of his linemates. Lonsberry was a member of both Stanley Cup teams in the 1970s.
In 1974, the year of the Flyers' first championship, Lonsberry scored a career-high 32 goals. He also scored at least 20 goals in three of his six-and-a-half seasons as a Flyer.
While his name might not be the most memorable on the list, Lonsberry's 144 goals as a Flyer is enough to put him at No. 18.
17. Murray Craven
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Murray Craven came to the Flyers in a trade that sent Daryl Sittler to the Detroit Red Wings. The Flyers got the better end of the deal since Sittler ended up retiring the following season and Craven went on to become a top player for the Flyers.
Kind of reminds you of the Ville Leino trade, doesn't it Flyers fans?
Murray Craven spent over seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first full season in Philly, Craven finished fifth on the team in scoring with 61 points. In the 1987-1988 season, Craven scored 30 goals for the first-and-only time in his career.
Craven then went on to add a 50 assist season to his resume in the 1989-1990 season. His 152 goals in 523 games as a Philadelphia Flyer lands him at No. 17.
16. David Poulin
One word to best describe David Poulin is Flyer. In his career as a Flyer, he was everything that you would picture a Flyer to be: He was tough, a leader and had scoring ability, too. From 1984 to 1990, Poulin served as the Flyers captain.
He reached the 30-goal mark twice in his Flyers career. In two other seasons, he passed the 20-goal mark. Dave Poulin was fun to watch and goes down as one of the best players in Flyers history.
Poulin's 161 goals puts him at 16th all-time in Flyers' goal scoring.
15. Jeff Carter
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In just five NHL seasons, Jeff Carter has quickly become one of the great Flyers scorers. He sits second on the team this season with 26 goals. He is also one of just three active players on the list, and the only active Flyer on the list.
Carter has one of the most lethal wrist shots in the NHL. Give him time and space, and the puck will end up in the net. Often the subject of trade rumors, the Flyers finally put them to rest when they inked Carter to an 11-year contract extension. So for all intents and purposes, Jeff Carter is a Flyer for life, which is scary for other teams given his success already.
In 436 games, Jeff Carter has scored 171 goals to put him at 15th all-time. I assure you, Flyers fans, he will not be there for long and has 11 years to move up the list.
14. Ilkka Sinisalo
When Flyers fans think of Ilkka Sinisalo, they think "goal scorer." Sinisalo scored at least 20 goals in six of his nine seasons as a Flyer.
Sinisalo had a knack for lighting the lamp. It's also safe to say that the Flyers got the best years out of him. Sinisalo's 199 goals puts him in the 14th position. After leaving the Flyers, Sinisalo only scored five more goals in his career.
13. Gary Dornhoefer
Gary Dornhoefer was an outstanding goal scorer in his day. One of his goals even got him a statue outside of the Spectrum.
Dornhoefer was a member of both championship teams and a big part of their triumph. Dornhoefer had a very good playing career and went on to become a broadcaster for a while.
At 13th place with 202 goals, Dornhoefer is no doubt a very memorable Flyer.
12. Rick Tocchet
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Yes Flyers fans, Rick Tocchet could do more than throw punches. Rick Tocchet is the definition of a Philadelphia Flyer. He had two stints with the team and was also captain.
Tocchet was electrifying to watch, whether he was scoring goals or fighting. In his Flyers career, Tocchet sits 12th in goal scoring with 232 goals.
He also added 276 assists for 508 total points as a Flyer. Perhaps more importantly, he totaled 1,817 penalty minutes in a Flyers jersey.
11. Mark Recchi
The second of three active players on this list, Mark Recchi had a great career as a Flyer. He had two stints with the club and his goal scoring seemed to come at the best times.
Recchi is one of the best at banging in rebounds and going to the front of the net. Recchi also averaged over a point per game as a Flyer.
In 602 games in a Flyers uniform, Recchi scored 232 goals and had 627 total points. Mark Recchi rounds out our bottom half of the countdown, coming in at No. 11.
10. Rod Brind'Amour
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During Rod Brind'Amour's time in Philadelphia, he was a fan favorite. Brind'Amour played a two-way style and was considered one of the best shutdown centers in the NHL. Not only would he burn teams on the scoreboard, but if the time was right and if he needed to, he would drop the gloves.
Brind'Amour was a key part of the Flyers and he even filled in and wore the captain's "C" when Eric Lindros was out of the lineup. Another thing that gets said about Brind'Amour is that he was truly a stand-up guy on and off the ice.
Brind'Amour played 633 games for the Flyers, and his 235 goals puts him in the top 10 all-time in team history.
9. Simon Gagne
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Simon Gagne, up until this year, played his whole career in a Flyers uniform. Anyone who has played EA Sports' NHL 11 has heard Bill Clement say: "Peter Forsberg once told me that Simon Gagne is the purest shooter he has ever played with." That says a lot about Gagne, and him being ninth all-time is no surprise.
Gagne has scored a lot of goals, but I don't believe there was one bigger than the game-winner against Boston in Game 7 last year, and that doesn't even count towards this list.
In 664 games, Gagne piled up 259 goals. He also is the highest active player on this list.
8. Eric Lindros
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The most infamous player on this list. Eric Lindros was a lethal force when he was healthy. For the most part, I think his reputation with Flyers fans is a bit undeserved. You can't help concussions. Sure he could have skated with his head up, but hindsight is 20/20. Sure, the way that the relationship between Flyers and Lindros ended wasn't the best.
Still, there is no denying that had Lindros been healthier in his career, he could have been one of the all-time greats in the NHL. He showed it with his play while healthy, not to mention that he was one-third of one of the deadliest lines in NHL history, the Legion of Doom.
Eric Lindros could hurt you in multiple ways. Not only could he score, but he would throw his weight around and drop the gloves when he needed to. He had all the makings of a captain. His size and strength made him hard to check, and made him a force to be reckoned with on the forecheck.
Lindros' Flyers career was filled with concussions, but in 486 games he managed to score 290 goals. He recorded 659 total points and deserves to be in eighth.
7. Reggie Leach
What can be said about Reggie Leach that his nickname doesn't already say? Nicknamed "The Rifle," it's pretty obvious this guy could shoot and score. In the 1975-1976 season, Leach won the scoring title, which is now called the Maurice Richard trophy, by scoring 61 goals. He never scored fewer than 20 in a season as a Flyer.
Leach was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1976 and he is one of only a handful of players to win that award in a losing effort.
In 606 games, Leach had 306 goals. Seventh isn't bad for The Rifle, who supplied so many great memories to the Philadelphia fanbase.
6. Rick MacLeish
Rick MacLeish was a key part of the Flyers' Stanley Cup teams. In his 12 seasons as a Flyer, MacLeish only scored fewer than 20 goals three times. He also tallied a 50-goal season in 1973.
MacLeish could score with the best of them, and it's easy to see why the Broad Street Bullies were so dominant when you throw him into the mix with all the other talent the Flyers had in the 1970s.
In 741 games, MacLeish notched 328 goals, leaving him just outside of the top five, but I think the two Stanley Cup rings will ease his pain.
5. John LeClair
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No better way to kick off the top five than with John LeClair. Who can forget his booming slap shot? LeClair would set up his office in front of the net and he was impossible to move from there.
LeClair recorded three straight 50-goal seasons as a member of the Flyers. He was the first American-born player to do it. LeClair spent 10 seasons with the Flyers and only scored fewer than 20 goals twice. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. A five-time All-Star, LeClair is another member of the famous Legion of Doom line.
Alongside Eric Lindros and Mikael Renberg, LeClair was capable of giving teams nightmares. Playing 649 games in Philadelphia, LeClair scored 333 goals.
4. Bobby Clarke
The ultimate Flyer, Bobby Clarke. When the Flyers drafted Clarke, they took a chance that some teams weren't willing to take. Clarke had been diagnosed with diabetes and some teams feared that it might hinder his abilities. The Flyers, however, decided to take the gamble.
Clarke quickly became the captain of the Flyers and his career was memorable. He led the Flyers to two Stanley Cup championships and he was a tremendous leader.
After his playing days, Clarke moved to the front office and was the Flyers' general manager. Clarke continues to play a role in the Flyers organization.
Clarke played 1,144 games as a Flyer, and scored 358 goals. He truly had a Hall of Fame career.
3. Tim Kerr
Tim Kerr was an undrafted free agent signed by the Philadelphia Flyers. Kerr went on to record four 50-goal seasons. He also set an NHL single-season record with 34 power-play goals in the 1985-1986 season. Kerr also holds the NHL playoff record for power-play goals in a period with three.
In the mid-80s, Tim Kerr would automatically score if the puck ever found its way to him in the slot.
Tim Kerr played 601 games in orange and black, scoring 363 goals and 650 total points, all this despite missing two entire seasons due to injuries.
2. Brian Propp
A five-time All-Star who made three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals with the Flyers, Propp scored the game-winner in his first career NHL game. Propp was linemates with Bobby Clarke and Reggie Leach during his rookie season. Some would say that had a lot to do with his development.
Propp spent 11 seasons with the Flyers and only scored fewer than 20 goals once. During that 1989-90 season, Propp was traded midseason to the Boston Bruins.
Propp scored 369 goals in 790 games for the Flyers.
1. Bill Barber
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Bill Barber was drafted seventh overall by the Flyers in 1972. He played his entire career in Philadelphia and won two Stanley Cups. Barber was lucky to be linemates with Reggie Leach and Bobby Clarke on the famed LCB line.
In his career, Barber never scored fewer than 20 goals. He was a scoring threat whenever he stepped on the ice. After he retired, Barber stayed with the organization and later coached the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Flyers.
In 903 career games, Barber is the all-time goal scoring leader with 420. Will your favorite Flyer ever pass Bill Barber? Only time will tell.