Lance Franklin plays his 200th game on Saturday against St Kilda. Here's six of the best from Franklin's first 199 games.

1. Elimination Final, 2007, v Adelaide

It took until only season three for Buddy to realise the potential that had been seen in him since his junior days.

After taking two years to find his feet at AFL level, Franklin underlined his quality with 63 goals in the 2007 home and away season. But it was his heroics in his September debut against Adelaide which showed he had arrived on the big stage.

With only seconds left in the game, Franklin kicked the match-winning goal from outside 50 metres to give Hawthorn their first finals victory in six years.

''It's a dream to get the last kick of the day and win it for us. I wouldn't mind doing it every week,'' Franklin said after the game.

2. Round 22, 2008, v Carlton 

Less than 12 months later and Franklin became the 29th man in VFL/AFL history to boot 100 goals in a season.

No man has achieved the feat since and, judging by the way the game is played these days, it could be a while before it is done again.

Franklin had started the final game of the home and away season needing only two goals to reach triple figures, and did so in the first quarter.

Play was stopped for several minutes after Franklin was whisked into the change rooms to protect him from the thousands of fans who had stormed onto the ground to mark the milestone in the traditional manner.

It started a month to remember for Franklin, whose Hawks shocked Geelong to win that year's premiership.

3. Round 13, 2010, v Essendon 

If Franklin could take one team with him around the country to play, it would have to be the Dons, against whom he averages five goals a game.

On this occasion he kicked what was later judged the goal of the 2010 season – and one of the most memorable of his career.

After receiving on the Members wing at the MCG in front of the interchange bench, Franklin left his opponent, Cale Hooker, in his wake, taking three bounces along the boundary line before threading the eye of the needle from 30 out.

Calling the game for Channel Seven, former Geelong captain Tom Harley said it was ''as good a goal as you'll ever see''.

Franklin finished the night with five goals and three votes from the men in white.

4. Preliminary final,  2011, v Collingwood

Franklin had already long established himself as a big-game player who relished the key moments. This game proved no exception.

The Hawks had a grand final berth within their grasp after Franklin produced the miracle goal.

Franklin was able to pounce on a loose ball, turn his opponent Chris Tarrant inside out and, as if having the ball on remote control, conjured a dribble kick from just inside the boundary line.

Alas for Franklin, Luke Ball produced his own clutch goal minutes later to sink the Hawks.

His effort against the same mob last year was also from the top drawer.

5. Round 10, 2012, v North Melbourne 

Anthony Hudson shrieked ''13, 13!'' as Franklin scored on the final siren.

Entering this game, Franklin had kicked 11.27 in his previous six matches, but he quickly silenced critics of his goalkicking.

Franklin chewed through what seemed like the entire North backline to bag a career-best haul. In fact, his tally of 13.4 alone would have been enough to defeat North by 23 points.

Little wonder North coach Brad Scott described Franklin's effort as one of the best he had seen.

''We haven't seen a goalkicking effort like that since the glory days of the full-forwards of Dunstall, Ablett, Lockett,'' Scott said.

6. Round 13, 2014, v Port Adelaide 

Swans fans were already warming to Franklin, but after this game they well and truly had Buddy Fever.

Franklin had played key roles in several Swans victories but this was the first time he single-handedly lifted them over the line.

The Swans had hit the proverbial brick wall in the second-half against a Port side which was dominating everywhere except the scoreboard. Then up stood Franklin.

The $10 million man showed why he was the highest paid man in the league, kicking the Swans' last five goals of the game to keep a gallant Port at bay.

Among the highlights were a 70-metre Hail Mary and a 50-metre bomb – party tricks few in the league would dare try, let alone pull off.