All time, 561 skaters have suited up for the Philadelphia Flyers. The scoring list from top to bottom is some interesting reading. You’ll see a lot of names and think, wait he played for the Flyers? You’ll also notice a lot of really low point totals.
How low? Well to be in the top 50% all time in points you just need to have scored…14. Such luminary’s such as Jim Vandermeer, Jon Sim, Brian Savage, Glen Metropolit and Ryan Potulny are all hanging out with 14 points. If you want to peruse the numbers yourselves, Hockey Reference is always an interesting read.
That’s the past though, so and we’re taking a look at where some of the current Flyers players slot into the all time list. We’re going to ignore Phil Myers and Sam Morin as they’ve both got under a full season in game time. Goalies are also going to be exempt from the players list. Also not included are Kevin Hayes, Justin Braun and Matt Niskanen since they don’t have any points as Flyers yet. We can say though that all of the current Flyers are above the 50% mark in all time scoring. So let’s get to it!
Robert Hagg- #208
With 29 career points Hagg joins some more recent and recognizable former Flyers in Steve Downie, Geoff Sanderson and Nick Schultz in being better than average when it comes to Flyers scoring.
If he can manage just 3 more points, he’ll pass Terry Murray and Alexander Daige and be within the top 200. I’d be he gets traded first, or healthy scratched to death before that happens.
Oskar Lindblom- #181
The more shocking thing that you’ll learn with this entry is that Todd Fedoruk managed to score 39 points in his Flyers career. That’s the number that Oskar Lindblom is resting on.
If there is a Flyer who has been universally been anointed as the guy to break out in this coming season. If he at least equals his season from last year, he’ll situate ironically in-between Andrew Macdonald and Radko Gudas. It’s anyone’s guess, but wager that he can break the 100 mark, and pass Chris Pronger, who occupies that spot, this year.
Travis Sanheim- #162
Travis Sanheim and his 45 career points places him in a tie with…Chris VandeVelde. Sanheim has done it in a 119 less games though, and will likely shoot further up the list this season.
The smooth skating Sanheim will probably start seeing some more power play time this season, and with what expects to be an improved Flyers offense, you’ll see the benefits in his point totals, and his ranking. While his benefits may end up taking away from Ivan Provorov’s, at least Provy was spotted a nice head start.
Nolan Patrick- #132
We’ve got another interesting point sandwich around Patrick. He’s just ahead of Vinny Lecavalier and right behind Dainius Zubrus. Patrick has 62 points, and is another breakout candidate for this year.
Patrick made a 1 point improvement from his rookie to his sophomore season. If he does that again he’ll vault into the top 100 and knock Shjon Podein down a peg. With the addition of Kevin Hayes push Patrick to the 3rd line center role, it’s time for him to flourish offensively or get very hard for the opposition to play against.
Scott Laughton- #110
Laughton’s career best year got him a new contract and to cushy spot tied in points all time with Terry Crisp.
The bottom six fixture for the Flyers has the potential to equal or better his feat of 32 points, which puts him somewhere in the neighborhood of Sami Kapanen all time. Laughton seems he’ll be consistent, and with some increased skill in the bottom half of the lineup, he might be able to climb higher.
Ivan Provorov- #92
The Flyers #1 defenseman is also quickly climbing the charts all time in a scoring sense. His numbers might’ve decreased over the last season, but the general consensus is that it was a one year blip. Except it might not be. Honestly we’re all just sweating out his current RFA contract holdup and it is starting to get to sauna levels of sweat.
With the rise of Phil Myers and and emergence last season of Travis Sanheim, Provorov may end up seeing his power play time disappear. He’ll have to do his damage at 5 on 5 play. If he can hit his 26 point mark from last season, he cruises by Peter Forsberg, Justin Williams, and Dave Schultz on the all time Flyers list.
Travis Konecny- #82
The 4th season forward was a post away from a 50 point season, and he might’ve hit enough to vault him into the 60s. At just 22 Konecny has progressed in every season, and still has yet to reach his ceiling as a player. The other RFA holdout, TK seems to be closer to signing on the dotted line but who knows at this point?
One can assume he’ll be somewhere into the top 6, and be on the second power play. The agitating forward with a goal scoring touch should be able to improve this year, but just equaling his last season totals will put him tied with another forward who loved to yap, in Jeremy Roenick.
Michael Raffl- #76
Raffl finds a way to get his 20ish or more points a year, and going into his 7th season on the Flyers, he’s just outside the top 75 all time. With 132 points he’s tied with Terry Carkner and has a fresh two year deal to continue his climb.
The versatile winger will find a way to play on every line this year, might snag a point or two shorthanded. His career average his 22 and that would push him past old a pair mid 2000’s fan favorites in Michael Handzus and Kim Johnsson, and he’d be right behind Chris Therien, surly poised to pass Bundy in 2020.
James van Reimsdyk- #65
JVR was laying dormant on the list for a few years but now in his 2nd stint on the Flyers, is eying up the top 50. Though only 147 of his 441 points have come in a Flyers uniform, the 30 year old still has plenty of ability and plenty of time to end up charting highly all time.
Thanks to some injuries and the awful start the Flyers had last season, JVR was a little behind his usual pace, and had to finish hot to get 48 points. If he stays healthy he’ll get more than that. Conservatively that puts him at 195, just a shade behind Scott Mellanby and Joe Watson and in 47th all time.
Shayne Gostisbehere- #49
What do Shayne Gostisbehere and Matt Read have in common? They’ve scored 187 points for the Flyers. Ghost is the only one who figures to add to that total this season though. He’s another Flyer who is expected to/needs to have a bounce back season.
Coming off of his lowest point total since becoming a full time NHLer, we’ll see if he benefits from new coach Alain Vigneault’s offensive stylings. Assuming a return to career averages so far, He’ll be around 47 points. That would push him into the top 40, right behind Don Saleski and Brayden Schenn.
Sean Couturier- #26
The last two years for Coots have seen him match his career high for points, and seen him vault up the Flyers all time list. He’s just outside the top 25, and his 343 points tie him with Jeff Carter for that spot.
At just 26 years old, Couturier is showing some top 10 or better potential. With his points average at 42 right now, and all assumptions being that he’s going to be a 70 point guy from here on out, he could slot into the top 20 this season. He’d leave Carter, Mike Richards, Ron Sutter, Wayne Simmonds, Dave Poulin and Eric Desjardins in his wake. Ilkka Sinisalo in 19th with 409 points will be quaking in his skates before long.
Jakub Voracek- #15
Jake is going to be taking down some significant figures in the race up the stats column this year. Sitting in 15th with 505 points in his Flyers career, he’s an almost automatic 50 point guy by virtue of being in the Flyers top 6 forwards and a fixture on PP1.
He’s only 3 points behind Rick Tocchet, and 9 behind Reggie Leech. After they drop, Gary Dornhoefer rests at 518 and a little further away is Simon Gagne at 535. Barring injury he’ll be by himself in 11th, eyeing up Rod Brind’Amour and his 601 points in the 2020-21 season.
Claude Giroux- #4
Captain Claude is sitting in 4th place after passing Rick MacLeish last season. Going into this season he’s at 762 points. Despite over a decade with the team, Claude seems reborn at 31 years old. He’s one of the most consistent scorers over in NHL over his career. We can only assume he’ll continue his consistent scoring pace, with the added bonus of new dad strength.
Now catching Brian Propp will be a stretch this season, but is doable. For Giroux 87 points is achievable, especially if the Flyers power play returns to form. If he doesn’t next year, in the 2020-21 season he’ll probably pass by Propp’s 849 and Bill Barber’s 883 point totals. That leaves Bobby Clarke and his 1210 points as the only possible outlier for Giroux to catch.
Right now he’s 448 points behind Clarke. If we give Claude another 8 years (which would put him at 39-40) then he’d have to average 56 points a year to catch him. A few more 80 point seasons will go a long way to helping ease that burden as he ages. We do know that Captain Claude will at least be the 2nd most prolific scorer in Flyers history when his time with the team comes to an end.
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