It’s no secret that one of the primary goals for the Washington Capitals this off-season will be to find ways to get younger. So before the off-season moves begin, I thought it would be helpful to set a baseline of current average ages for all 32 rosters. This will help us gauge the effectiveness of off-season moves when we go through this exercise again at the beginning of the 2022-23 season.
Let’s first begin by reviewing the average ages for all 32 teams at the start of the 2021-22 season. Metropolitan Division teams are shaded in light blue. [Data courtesy of CapFriendly.com].
While the Capitals began the 2021-22 season with the league’s oldest team, the roster saw significant injections of youth as the season got underway. It’s likely the team wasn’t the oldest roster a month or two into the season.
Additionally, we see a significant separation of all of the Metropolitan Division teams, as New Jersey, Columbus and the Rangers had the three youngest rosters in the league, while the Capitals, Islanders, Flyers and Penguins had four of the six oldest teams in the league.
End Of Season Average Roster Ages
The next table lists the average ages for the rosters of all 32 teams at the end of the 2021-22 season (today). [Data courtesy of CapFriendly.com].
The Capitals once again have the leagues oldest average age, followed by the New York Islanders. The Flyers trimmed age during the season and now have the eighth youngest roster in the league. The Rangers added age during the season and at the trade deadline, falling from the 3rd-youngest team to the 12th youngest team in the league.
There is no doubt the Capitals will get younger this off-season, as we will likely see Justin Schultz (31) and Michal Kempny (31) depart. We will also likely see age reductions for Carl Hagelin and Nicklas Bäckström’s spots, should the two players begin the season on an injury list. There will also be additional age reductions associated with Tom Wilson’s absence and the potential of an offeseason deal. Stay tuned.
By Jon Sorensen