Average Age of the NHL

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.

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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.

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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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Let me know if you have any questions or requests.

 

 

 

NHL goal scoring up after 48 games

Last night I saw there was a lot of twitter chatter last night on 2 games with over 10 goals scored. Most people theorized that scoring was way up in the league but no one provide any data…so I looked it up.

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As you can see, in comparable periods, scoring is up in the league. It is also nice to see that goal differential is actual down which means it isn’t a bunch of blowouts that are inflating the numbers. There is more scoring and the games remain tight. That said, it is way too early to draw any conclusions.

USA Hockey memberships

USA hockey just released their 2015-16 Membership report and here are three simple visuals you can use to interpret the data.