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Steve Mason's 2014-15 season is third-best in Philadelphia Flyers history

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Steve Mason's year has been one of the best in Flyers history.

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Steve Mason is having an unreal season, and most of us think he'll grab the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Philadelphia Flyers team MVP for 2014-15. It couldn't be more true that the Flyers are wasting a great year by Mason -- the best of his career, including his rookie year in which he won the Calder Trophy.

But this isn't just a good year for Mason. It's one of the best seasons a goaltender has ever put together in a Philadelphia Flyers uniform.

Look at this list of the 10 best seasons by a goaltender in Flyers history, as determined by save percentage. We've removed seasons in which said goaltender only played a handful of games or wasn't the clear starter for the majority of the season.

Year Goalie GP Min GA GAA W L T OTL SO Shot Pct
1973-74 Bernie Parent 73 4314 136 1.89 47 13 12
12 2038 0.933
1967-68 Doug Favell 37 2192 83 2.27 15 15 6
4 1211 0.931
2014-15 Steve Mason 50 2826 105 2.23 18 17 0 11 3 1468 0.928
2002-03 Roman Cechmanek 58 3350 102 1.83 33 15 10
6 1374 0.926
1967-68 Bernie Parent 38 2248 93 2.48 16 17 5
4 1255 0.926
1968-69 Bernie Parent 58 3365 151 2.69 17 23 16
1 1966 0.923
2001-02 Roman Cechmanek 46 2603 89 2.05 24 13 6
4 1131 0.921
2000-01 Roman Cechmanek 59 3431 115 2.01 35 15 6
10 1464 0.921
1969-70 Bernie Parent 62 3680 171 2.79 13 29 20
3 2125 0.920
1974-75 Bernie Parent 68 4041 137 2.03 44 14 9
12 1691 0.919

A couple things:

  • Was Bernie Parent amazing at hockey or what? My lord.
  • Roman Cechmanek was also quite good ... always kind of amazing that he decided not to come back to North America after the 2004 lockout. (He owns a brewery in his native Czech Republic now.)
  • I debated putting Doug Favell's 1967-68 season on the list, but he basically split time evenly with Parent that season -- the Flyers' first season ever. Parent played 38 games and Favell played 37 ... and both seasons are in the top 10 in Flyers' history. Pretty cool.

And for balance, here are the 10 worst seasons by a goalie in Flyers history. Same criteria: goalie had to play most of nearly most of the team's games that year. (Of course, the 1980s were a totally different era so this probably isn't a fair comparison. In fact, many of the season's below could be considered good by standards of that era.)

Year Goalie GP Min GA GAA W L T OTL SO Shot Pct
1988-89 Ron Hextall 64 3756 202 3.23 30 28 6
0 1860 0.891
1982-83 Pelle Lindbergh 40 2334 116 2.98 23 13 3
3 1060 0.891
1994-95 Ron Hextall 31 1824 88 2.89 17 9 4
1 801 0.890
1983-84 Bob Froese 48 2863 150 3.14 28 13 7
2 1326 0.887
1987-88 Ron Hextall 62 3561 208 3.5 30 22 7
0 1817 0.886
1991-92 Ron Hextall 45 2668 151 3.4 16 21 6
3 1294 0.883
1979-80 Phil Myre 41 2367 141 3.57 18 7 15
0 1127 0.875
1981-82 Pete Peeters 44 2591 160 3.71 23 18 3
0 1241 0.871
1978-79 Wayne Stephenson 40 2187 122 3.35 20 10 5
2 944 0.871
1990-91 Ken Wregget 30 1484 88 3.56 10 14 3
0 660 0.867

h/t Snevik in the BSH comments. help from FlyersHistory.com and Hockey Reference