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Top 10 defensemen

Posted by Eric Fisher On February 27

With Jimmy Watson being inducted in the Flyers Hall of Fame on Monday, we thought this was a good time to revisit our list of the Top 10 defensemen in Flyers history.

Our criteria relates to each player’s impact on the team while he was a Flyer, and statistics listed are limited to achievements as a Flyer.

10. Tom Bladon (2-time NHL all-star, NHL co-record-holder for points in a game by a defenseman)

9. Ed Van Impe (along with Clarke & Parent, Flyers’ only NHL all-star in both Cup-winning years)

8. Bob Dailey (2-time Barry Ashbee award winner, 2-time NHL all-star)

7. Brad McCrimmon (flourished as Mark Howe’s defensive partner, was +223 in 5 seasons as a Flyer, including +83 in 1985-86)

6. Barry Ashbee (they did name the award after him, after all; first Flyers defenseman to have his number retired)

5. Chris Pronger (1-time Ashbee award winner; ticketed to Hall of Fame, but Flyers career cut short by concussion)

4. Kimmo Timonen (5-time Ashbee award winner; a player in the Mark Howe mold)

3. Jim Watson (5-time NHL all-star, 2-time Ashbee winner, 4-time Stanley Cup finalist, 2-time Stanley Cup winner, plus/minus rating of +270 from 1973-1980)

2. Eric Desjardins (7-time Ashbee winner, 2-time NHL all-star; played 11 seasons for Flyers)

1. Mark Howe (4-time Ashbee winner, 3-time NHL all-star, and Hockey Hall of Famer. +270 in first 5 seasons as a Flyer, including +85 in 1985-86)


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