Capitals Now Have 2nd Oldest Roster In The NHL

Each October we present our annual “Tale of the Tape” report for each team in the NHL. The report details the average age, average height and average weight for each NHL team at the start of the season. While this year’s report will be delayed due to COVID-19 and pushed closer to opening day, we have begun looking at some of the numbers now that free agency is essentially in the rear view. First up, average age.

Last October the Capitals had the 10th oldest team in the league, with an average age of 27.9 years entering the 2019-20 season.

The average age of an NHL player was 27.3 years old.

The current Capitals roster has aged almost two full years since last years “Tale Of The Tape“, with a current average age at 29.3 years, making them the second oldest team in the NHL.

The current average age of each team, as of today: [Age data provided by Cap Friendly]

The average age for the league is currently 27.7 years of age.


The Metropolitan Division continues to get younger for the most part, with the Rangers, having the league’s youngest team at 25.3 years. The Capitals are nearly a year older than the next oldest team, the New York Islanders, and nearly four years older than the Rangers.


Obviously these values can and will change with each addition or subtraction to the team’s roster. We still project the Capitals will make at least one or two more moves to acquire a winger and to shed some salary, which could lower the Capitals average age substantially.

Additionally, the Capitals could add one or two prospects to the opening night roster, which would reduce their average age, but that can be said for any team.

We will publish our official annual “Tale of the Tape” when training camp and the start of the season rolls around. Stay tuned.


By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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3 Responses to Capitals Now Have 2nd Oldest Roster In The NHL

  1. hockeydruid says:

    That is why it is so important to hold onto their draft picks and make wise choices with them. They need to get younger and faster and have more players who can score on this team. For a moment lets say that because they are going to have to start a rebuild within the next 2-3 years and because of that Ovie does not resign with them. Does that mean that Backy retires or askes for a trade, does Oshie move on, do they lose Oshie or Orlov in the expansion draft, if Vrana does not develop to more than what he was this past year do they keep him and can Kuzy get untracked enough to play the wing where I think he would score a lot more rather than sit there feeding Ovie.

  2. Scottlew73 says:

    If you look @ GMBM history since cup win,every “young” prospect has either been dealt,traded,Bowey,Djoos,Stephanson,etc. Look back to Oilers of mid-late 80’s they brought young players up & were kept in organization until they became part of cup winning teams. Chicago & LA did same thing in 2000’s. It is most simple thing if you don’t build up winning traditions,you can’t have winning environment! Another key the players mentioned above were also members of Hershey Bears team that went to AHL finals a couple years before big teams Cup win.

    • hockeydruid says:

      The cupboard is basically bare. GMGM left it that way and GMBM if following what he was taught to do… to win today and dont worry about tomorrow. I also believe that Ted is of a like mind and that is why the young guys are gone. But they did draft guys who are still with the team: Wilson, Vrana (dont know how long) Carlson (although not a young guy anymore) and the same with Orlov,Kuzy and Siegenthaler. Because they have done so well they are always drafting at or near the bottom of each round. Rather than trade away young players and picks for older players is there any way they can trade away an older player for picks high in the rounds? I agree that you have to build your winning tradition but somehow you have to have a pipeline that has players in it rather than trade them all away for someone that the GM thinks is better than what they have at the trade deadline. If they were so bad why were they on the team all year and why wait until the trade deadline to get a replacement? Also wonder if the GM has ever thought of telling the team…..Guys you got us here and Im not making any trades this year so we go as far as you take us. Put the onus on the shoulders of the leaders of the team like Ovie, Backy and Carlson among others.

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