Thursday, October 7, 2010

For the stats nerds: League averages on Opening Day

Based on opening day rosters, here's a look at this year's opening stats for my fellow stats nerds. There are 731 players listed on NHL active or IR rosters on 10/7/2010. Statistic-wise¹, the NHL average player looks like this:

Age: 27.28 years old
Height: 73.32" (6'1-1/3")
Weight: 203.95 pounds

The two players who come closest to the league averages: Marcel Goc (Nashville Predators), at 27 years old, 6'1", and 202 pounds; and Joffrey Lupul (Anaheim Ducks), at 27 years old, 6'1", and 206 pounds.

Youngest players: Say hello to five members of the rookie class who are just 18 years old: Tyler Seguin (Boston Bruins), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Nino Niederreiter (NY Islanders), Jeff Skinner (Carolina Hurricanes), Cam Fowler (Anaheim Ducks). Of these, Niederreiter is the youngest, squeaking in having just turned 18 on September 8th. Welcome to the NHL, gentlemen; may you have long and successful careers.

Oldest player: Mark Recchi, Boston Bruins - 42

Age difference between the rookies and Recchi: 24 years

League's shortest player: Nathan Gerbe, Buffalo Sabres - 65" (5'5")
Next shortest: Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens - 67" (5'7")

League's tallest player: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins - 81" (6'9")
Next two tallest: Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabres, and John Scott, Chicago Blackhawks - 80" (6'8")

Height difference between Gerbe and Chara: 16 inches

Lightest player: Tyler Ennis, Buffalo Sabres - 157 pounds
Heaviest players: Derek Boogaard, NY Rangers, and Dustin Byfuglien, Atlanta Thrashers - both 265 pounds

Weight difference between Ennis and Boogaard/Byfuglien: 108 pounds


(stat charts by team below nationality table)

PLAYERS BY NATIONALITY:

Just six countries make up 93% of the players in the league: Canada, USA, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Russia.

Here's the full breakdown, and teams with most of each nationality:

Nationality# of players in NHL% of players in leagueTeam with most# of players
Canada39654.2%Oilers18
Bruins17
Avalanche  16
Flames16
Panthers16
Sharks16
Wild16
USA15020.5%Sabres11
Hurricanes 10
Kings 10
Islanders 9
Rangers 9
Sweden486.6%Red Wings6
Canucks5
Czech Rep.395.3%Panthers4
Finland253.4%Hurricanes 3
Wild3
Russia223%Capitals3
Slovakia131.8%Blackhawks2
Germany101.4%Predators2
Sharks2
Denmark40.5%Canucks1
Canadiens1
Islanders 1
Senators1
Ukraine40.5%Flyers1
Hurricanes 1
Kings 1
Rangers 1
Austria30.4%Flyers1
Islanders 1
Sabres1
Belarus30.4%Red Wings1
Canadiens1
Predators1
Latvia30.4%Stars1
Flames1
Flyers1
Switizerland30.4%Islanders2
Kazakhstan20.3%Thrashers1
Wild1
Brazil10.1%Flames1
Brunei10.1%Penguins1
Italy10.1%Ducks1
Lithuania10.1%Devils1
Norway10.1%Avalanche1
Poland10.1%Coyotes1
Slovenia10.1%Kings1



BREAKING TEAMS DOWN BY STAT AVERAGES:

TEAM AVERAGE AGES

Los Angeles is the youngest average team this year: just 24.93 years old.
Detroit is the oldest at 30.70 years.
Los Angeles Kings24.93
Carolina Hurricanes25.44
Colorado Avalanche25.58
St. Louis Blues25.83
Edmonton Oilers25.92
Toronto Maple Leafs26.29
Chicago Blackhawks26.27
Atlanta Thrashers26.50
Washington Capitals26.54
Columbus Blue Jackets27.08
NY Rangers27.12
San Jose Sharks27.12
Pittsburgh Penguins27.20
Vancouver Canucks27.20
LEAGUE AVERAGE27.28
Nashville Predators27.33
Dallas Stars27.35
Tampa Bay Lightning27.39
Boston Bruins27.54
Minnesota Wild27.69
NY Islanders27.69
Buffalo Sabres27.70
Florida Panthers27.76
Montreal Canadiens27.87
Phoenix Coyotes27.92
Anaheim Ducks28.16
Philadelphia Flyers28.24
Ottowa Senators28.36
Calgary Flames28.70
New Jersey Devils29.27
Detroit Red Wings30.70


AVERAGE HEIGHTS, BY TEAM

The Washington Capitals are the tallest (average just shy of 6'2-1/2"); with the NY Islanders the shortest at just shy of 6'1/2".

Washington Capitals74.46
Edmonton Oilers74.08
New Jersey Devils73.77
Atlanta Thrashers73.71
Columbus Blue Jackets73.68
Calgary Flames73.67
Tampa Bay Lightning73.61
Philadelphia Flyers73.60
Anaheim Ducks73.56
Phoenix Coyotes73.48
Chicago Blackhawks73.46
Ottowa Senators73.46
Vancouver Canucks73.40
NY Rangers73.36
Los Angeles Kings73.32
San Jose Sharks73.32
LEAGUE AVERAGE73.32
St. Louis Blues73.30
Buffalo Sabres73.22
Pittsburgh Penguins73.20
Boston Bruins73.15
Dallas Stars73.13
Florida Panthers73.12
Nashville Predators73.12
Carolina Hurricanes73.04
Montreal Canadiens73.00
Minnesota Wild72.89
Toronto Maple Leafs72.88
Colorado Avalanche72.83
Detroit Red Wings72.52
NY Islanders72.46


AVERAGE WEIGHTS, BY TEAM

Biggest bodies in town: Atlanta Thrashers, averaging 212.50 pounds. The lightest - Carolina Hurricanes (198.6) and Detroit Red Wings (199.87), the only two teams shy of 200.

Carolina Hurricanes198.60
Detroit Red Wings199.87
Anaheim Ducks200.36
Minnesota Wild200.42
Buffalo Sabres200.57
NY Islanders200.92
Boston Bruins201.15
Colorado Avalanche201.71
Florida Panthers201.76
Pittsburgh Penguins201.92
NY Rangers202.40
Calgary Flames202.93
Phoenix Coyotes203.12
Philadelphia Flyers203.36
Vancouver Canucks203.36
Dallas Stars203.65
LEAGUE AVERAGE203.95
Nashville Predators204.00
Chicago Blackhawks204.14
Los Angeles Kings204.46
St. Louis Blues204.87
Toronto Maple Leafs205.04
Montreal Canadiens205.65
Columbus Blue Jackets205.68
Tampa Bay Lightning206.09
New Jersey Devils207.05
Ottowa Senators207.64
San Jose Sharks208.80
Washington Capitals208.92
Edmonton Oilers209.42
Atlanta Thrashers212.50



¹ Stats are attained from each team's current roster pages

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