There were just three 50 goal scorers in the American Hockey League in 1986-87. However, as far as the AHL goes, there was a lot of fame among the top five goal scorers that season.
Glenn Merkosky of the Adirondack Red Wings led the league with 54 goals over 77 games. Glenn was a long time AHL veteran, playing 737 games and totalling 678 points, mostly with Adirondack. Merkosky played a total of 55 regular season games in the NHL between 1981-82 and 1989-90 with the Hartford Whalers, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. 1986-87 proved to be his career high for goals and points in a season.
Tim Tookey of the Hershey Bears finished second with 51 goals. His 124 points led the league and earned him the John B. Sollenberger Trophy. Tookey was originally a fifth round pick of the Washington Capitals at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played just 106 regular season NHL games between 1980-81 and 1988-89 with the Capitals, Quebec Nordiques, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. Yet, he was legendary in the AHL, playing 824 career regular season games and contributing 974 points. In 2008, he was inducted into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.
A future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame finished third in 1986-87 with 50 goals for the Moncton Golden Flames. Brett Hull was just a sixth round pick of the Calgary Flames in 1984 and the team didn’t give him much of a chance before shipping him off to St. Louis during the 1987-88 season. He would move on to greatness in the NHL, scoring 86 goals in 1990-91, the second highest single season total in NHL history. He finished his career with 741 goals in 1,269 games with the Flames, Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes.
Mike Millar of the Binghamton Whalers finished fourth with 45 goals over just 61 games in his first pro season. The sixth round pick of the Hartford Whalers in 1984, Millar also played ten games for the NHL club in 1986-87. Mike played just 78 games over his NHL career with the Whalers, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. He finished out his pro career with nearly a decade in Germany.
Ross Fitzpatrick of the Hershey Bears also scored 45 goals in 1986-87 but they were spread out over 66 games. The seventh round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1980 played sparingly with the NHL club between 1982-83 and 1985-86, competing in just 20 games. He matched his 45 goals with the Bears in 1989-90 but his career high came in 1985-86 with Hershey when he scored 50.