Sunday, February 14, 2016

Flyers' First-Year Impressions

Flyers yearly rookie goal-scoring leaders.

Flyers' First-Year Impressions

Center Matt Read last season became just the third Flyer to lead the NHL in goals by a rookie, and just the second to do so outright. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Center Matt Read last season became just the third Flyer to lead the NHL in goals by a rookie, and just the second to do so outright. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

Center Matt Read last season became just the third Flyer to lead the NHL in goals by a rookie, and just the second to do so outright.

Hall of Fame left wing Bill Barber had 30 in 1972-73 to tie the Rangers' Mike Vickers for rookie honors and Mikael Renberg's 38 paced first-year players in 1993-94.

Another handful of Flyers have finished in the top 5 of rookie goal-scorers, including Brian Propp, whose 34 was fourth in 1979-80, even though the incoming WHA players (such as Wayne Gretzky) were not considered rookies.

And then there was Eric Lindros, whose 41 rookie goals in 1992-93 were second in the league, but barely halfway to the still-standing rookie-record 76 posted that season by Winnipeg's Teemu Selanne, fresh in from Finland.

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Here are the Flyers' year-by-year leaders in goals scored by a rookie, and where that total ranked among NHL rookies (top 5 finishers in bold; *tied for position):





 1967-68  Bill Sutherland  20  3rd  1990-91  Mike Ricci  21  *4th
 1968-69  Dick Sarrazin  16  *2nd  1991-92  Andrei Lomakin  14  *5th
 1969-70  Bobby Clarke  15  4th  1992-93  Eric Lindross  41  2nd
 1970-71  Bob Kelly  14  *6th  1993-94  Mikael Renberg  38  1st
 1971-72  Bill Clement    9  8th  1994-95  Patrik Juhlin    4  *14th
 1972-73  Bill Barber  30  *1st  1995-96  —   —  —
 1973-74  —   —  —  1996-97  Dainius Zubrus    8  *14th
 1974-75  Larry Goodenough    3  *37th  1997-98  —   —  —
 1975-76  Mel Bridgman  23  5th  1998-99
 Mike Maneluk
 Dmitri Tertyshny
 1976-77  Al Hill    2  *28th  1999-00  Simon Gagne  20  2nd
 1977-78  Kevin McCarthy    2  *33rd  2000-01  Ruslan Fedotenko  16  5th
 Tom Gorence
 Behn Wilson
 *16th  2001-02
 Jiri Dopita
 1979-80  Brian Propp  34  4th  2002-03  Radovan Somik    8  *9th
 1980-81  Tim Kerr  22  9th  2003-04  Joni Pitkanen    8  14th
 1981-82  Ilkka Sinisalo  15  *16th  2004-05  (No season)  —  —
 1982-83  Miroslav Dvorak    4  *24th  2005-06  Jeff Carter  23  5th
 1983-84  Len Hachborn  11  *16th  2006-07  —  —  —
 1984-85  Derrick Smith  17  *6th  2007-08  Steve Downie    6  *20th
 1985-86  Pelle Eklund  15  10th  2008-09  Darroll Powe    6  *19th
 1986-87  Brian Dobbin    2  *22nd  2009-10  James van Riemsdyk  15  4th
 1987-88  Magnus Roupe    2  *29th  2010-11  —  —  —
 1988-89  Gord Murphy    4  *19th  2011-12  Matt Read  24  1st
 1989-90  Jiri Latal    6  *16th        
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