There has been a lot of talk about the NHL getting younger as fresh faces like Connor McDavid and Austin Matthews being billed as the poster children of the new NHL. It certainly seems like the league is getting younger. I figured it was worth quantifying. Because of the Junior prospects try out period at the beginning of the season, I felt it was important to compare October rosters across seasons vs. a partial 2016-17 Season to a complete season in prior seasons.
The data shows that the average age is getting younger but probably not as much as we expected. I figured there was more to the story so I took a look at age groups over time.
As you can see the Over 30 crowd is getting smaller, down to 26% of the league from 33% in October of 2006.
Here is a quick look at how ages have trended over time by team.
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