Saturday, February 10, 2007

The young and old

Here are some interesting tidbits on the various ages of NHL teams as listed in Saturday's Globe and Mail:

The youngest teams
1. San Jose: 26.8 years
2. Pittsburgh: 27.1
3. Nashville: 27.3
3. Ottawa: 27.3
5. Washington: 27.4
6. Buffalo: 27.5

The oldest teams
25. St. Louis: 29.6 years
26. Phoenix: 29.7
27. Dallas: 29.9
28. Atlanta: 30
29. N.Y. Islanders: 30.1
30. Detroit: 30.8

The Canadian teams
3. Ottawa: 27.3 years
10. Edmonton: 28.1
12. Vancouver: 28.5
12. Montreal: 28.5
12. Toronto: 28.5
20. Calgary: 29.1

5 Comments:

At 6:48 PM, February 10, 2007, Blogger Hockey Amor said...

The Washington Capitals have the fourth-youngest team in the NHL (27.4 years old). Not surprising for a team on the rebuild. What's surprising is that the Ottawa Senators (not at all in rebuild mode) have an average of 27.3 years old. It looks to me like youth doesn't necessarily mean lack of success.

 
At 6:55 PM, February 10, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It strikes me that Detroit is always near the 'oldest' and Ottawa is always in the 'youngest' spot... I'm not sure why that is, but I bet it would hold true for the past 10 or so years.

 
At 11:45 PM, February 10, 2007, Blogger Allan said...

The think that's most striking to me is how small the gap is. For all the talk about how "old" or "young" a team is, they're all in the same area.

 
At 12:58 AM, February 11, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

The think that's most striking to me is how small the gap is. For all the talk about how "old" or "young" a team is, they're all in the same area.

That's an illusion of the way that the statistic is presented. A four year gap in average age is enormous. Remember that most players on every team are going to be clustered towards the middle of the distribution. Pulling numbers completely out of my ass, I'd bet that the average age is 28, and the standard distribution is two years. The two SD difference between San Jose and Detroit means that the Sharks have, by my count, seven players that they can reasonably expect to get better from where they are now, while Detroit has three. It's even more striking on the other side. San Jose has only two players that I would say are clearly at an age where it is reasonable to expect their production to decline; the Wings have nine.

 
At 3:51 PM, March 03, 2008, Blogger "Aneesa" said...

What is the current ranking of young and old? I think the Washington Capitals may currently have the second youngest team in the NHL (27.6 years old).

 

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