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.
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.)