Found October 05, 2011 on The Recliner GM:

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page

“When he played for the Flyers, it was just outstanding, dominant hockey — the first of the huge, big men with small man’s skill.” – Bobby Clarke

Longevity – 3

After the insane trade that brought him from Quebec, Lindros played 8 seasons with the Flyers, leaving when he was only 26 years old. Due to injuries, he only played in more than 65 games twice in that span.

Peak – 4

He never reached the peak many thought he would, but at his best, he was still a force. He won the MVP at age 21 in the strike-shortened season of 1994-95, and then followed it up in 115 points the next season. With his overall game, he was a top-5 player in the league early in his career.

Popularity – 3

Lindros reminds me a bit of Pat Burrell. Came in as a #1 overall pick with huge expectations. Started off very strong. Struggled and the fans turned on him a bit. Then fans seems to embrace him a little more as time went on. The whole situation with his parents didn’t really help matter either.

Team Success – 3

The Flyers were very average during Lindros’ tenure. During his time here, they went 313-217-96 and won only 6 playoff series. They did reach the Cup Finals in 1997, but were blasted by the Detroit Red Wings. The team only won 3 playoff series in his other 7 years with the team.

Awards – 4

As mentioned earlier, MVP in 1994-95. He also made 6 all-star games in his 8 seasons as a Flyer. In 1996, he was 2nd-team all-NHL at center behind Mario Lemieux.

Stats – 3

When you look at rate stats, Lindros has some good standing in Flyers history. He had 659 points in 486 games (1.36 ppg) which is 0.28 higher than 2nd place, Tim Kerr (1.08). He also first in goals per game (0.60) and assists per game (0.76) respectively. Overall, he’s 5th in total assists and points, 8th in goals, and 11th in penalty minutes.

Historical Standing – 2

Maybe some hockey buffs can say I’m wrong here, but I don’t think Lindros will ever see the HOF. He is 102nd all time in goals and 128th in assists.

Excitement – 4

Lindros was a LeBron James-type prospect. Not just with the hype, but the fact that a person of his size wasn’t really supposed to able to do the things he did. Lindros stood 6’4”, 240 lbs, but was a deft passer and quick on his feet. He also had great physical strength, something that led to a lot of hits, and a lot of injuries. Obviously his ppg show that he was usually in the middle of things every night.

Total: 26

With Lindros, Philly thought we were getting our own Jordan, or Wilt, or Gretzky. But the cost of bringing Lindros aboard (a package that famously included 2-time cup winner Peter Forsberg, Ron Hextall, 4 other players, 2 first round picks, and $15 million) clearly wasn’t worth it. Despite not living up to the hype, Lindros still enjoyed an exciting career with Philadelphia, and we still don’t know what he could have been had injuries not taken their toll.

For the complete list and explanation of criteria and scoring, check out the Philly Fifty page

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