Hockey journalist James Mirtle released his annual compilation of team’s physical stats on Wednesday. The report details the average height, weight and age for all 31 NHL teams based on each team’s current rosters. So how do the Capitals stack up?
The data is provided by the fine folks at Natural Stat Trick, and compiled by James Mirtle of The Athletic (pay). Last season’s “Capitals tale of the tape” can be found here. The Capitals 2016-2017 “tale of the tape” can be found here.
The Capitals are currently the seventh oldest team in the league at 27.9 years old. The average age of an NHL player is currently 27.1 years of age. (Last season the Capitals were the 13th oldest team in the league at 27.5 years of age. The NHL average was again 27.1 years of age).
The Capitals are currently in the middle of the pack with regards to average player height. The Capitals are the 15th tallest team at an average of 73.2 inches. (The Capitals were the 6th tallest team in the league at 73.4 inches – the NHL average was 6′-1″)
The Capitals are the fifth heaviest team in the NHL at an average of 204.3 pounds. The NHL average is 199.3 pounds.) Last season the Capitals were the third heaviest team in the league at 205 pounds).
General trends: For what it’s worth, the Capitals got older, shorter and lighter, in a very general sense, when compared to last season.
By Jon Sorensen