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07-04-2008, 09:30 PM
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Youngest team in the league next year?

We only have 5 players who will be 30 years or older when the season starts. Rosy turns 30 on September 3rd. Vally and Drury turn 31 and 32, respectively, on August 20th. Redden just turned 31 and Naslund will be 35 on July 30th.

Zherdev, Dubi, Dawes, Staal, Callahan, Fritsche, Korpikoski, Sangs and Byers are all 23 or younger.

Hollweg, Prucha, Sjostrom, Orr, Voros, Moore, Girardi, Potter, Pock and Hank will all be 27 or younger to begin the season.

Kalinin, Gomez and Betts will all be 28, Rissmiller and Mara 29 to start the season.

The 5 30+ players are a lock for the team as are Kalinin, Gomez, Betts and Mara. That leaves 14 spots for players 27 and younger. 13 spots if Rissmiller makes the team.

Unless we sign someone, we will probably be the youngest team in the league next year. Of course, if we sign Shanny, then we'll be the oldest team in the league

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07-04-2008, 10:36 PM
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We definitely won't be the youngest. Chicago has over a year average age less. But we've surprisingly became the 4th youngest in the league as of right now.

http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?se...eage&order=ASC

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We definitely won't be the youngest. Chicago has over a year average age less. But we've surprisingly became the 4th youngest in the league as of right now.

http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?se...eage&order=ASC
It's kind of funny how NJ and the Islanders are in the bottom five of that list and yet you still see their fans accusing us of having a team full of aging vets all the time.

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07-04-2008, 11:12 PM
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We definitely won't be the youngest. Chicago has over a year average age less. But we've surprisingly became the 4th youngest in the league as of right now.

http://nhlnumbers.com/compare.php?se...eage&order=ASC
Yeah, I was looking at that, but I don't know how up to date it is. They still list Shanny as being on the team. Did we resign him while I wasn't looking? lol

Edit: They've still got Struds and Malik for some reason as well, even though they have all our new players. I guess since they were on the team last year and haven't been signed by anyone, they are still listed as on our team. I assume they are skewing our average age.

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07-04-2008, 11:15 PM
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Yeah, I was looking at that, but I don't know how up to date it is. They still list Shanny as being on the team. Did we resign him while I wasn't looking? lol
All players who haven't signed elsewhere remain on their previous teams roster until that changes. Every team probably has a few players artificially bringing it's true average for next season up or down, so it balances out anyway.

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Pretty sure the Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks have us trumped in that category.

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All players who haven't signed elsewhere remain on their previous teams roster until that changes. Every team probably has a few players artificially bringing it's true average for next season up or down, so it balances out anyway.
True. Either way, it's a very young team.

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Remove Malik and Shanny from their numbers and you have an average age of 26.348 years, which would be the youngest in the league.

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I like the fact that we're getting younger. If you manage the payroll correctly you could keep your team together for a long time.

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Edit: They've still got Struds and Malik for some reason as well, even though they have all our new players. I guess since they were on the team last year and haven't been signed by anyone, they are still listed as on our team. I assume they are skewing our average age.
No, they only factor in the players under contract. Malik and Strudwick are just on the list because they haven't signed anywhere else.

The age will go down even more when Dawes, Fritsche, and Sjostrom are signed.

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Remove Malik and Shanny from their numbers and you have an average age of 26.348 years, which would be the youngest in the league.
but for PHX u have to add in Tikhonov and Boedker and who knows who else.

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No, they only factor in the players under contract. Malik and Strudwick are just on the list because they haven't signed anywhere else.

The age will go down even more when Dawes, Fritsche, and Sjostrom are signed.

Where exactly does Sjostrom fit on this team?

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Out of the 21 players that I anticipate us carrying into the season, they average 26.428. However I also just did my own calculations for Chicago and they'll actually average 25.666, going by the line-up I found on their board.

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It's kind of funny how NJ and the Islanders are in the bottom five of that list and yet you still see their fans accusing us of having a team full of aging vets all the time.

/End of rant
Force of habit. We've been an old team since time immemorial. All my years as a fan we have been old.

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Where exactly does Sjostrom fit on this team?
He'll be in the bottom six somewhere (maybe second line if he can put it all together).

Even though they qualified him, they'd still like to sign him to a two year deal, so they obviously want him on the team. He has speed, he plays defense, he's killed penalties in the past, and he plays physical. He fits what this team is trying to build.

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Nope. Not with teams like Chicago, LA, and Phoenix.

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Where exactly does Sjostrom fit on this team?
3rd line

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The point is that we've got a lot of potential and one of the younger teams in the entire league. If we don't win the cup next season, we won't have to worry about missing our *only* chance when half the roster retires.

We've got a good core to work around, and that won't be leaving anytime soon.

It should be a fun team to watch for a very long time.

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The point is that we've got a lot of potential and one of the younger teams in the entire league. If we don't win the cup next season, we won't have to worry about missing our *only* chance when half the roster retires.

We've got a good core to work around, and that won't be leaving anytime soon.

It should be a fun team to watch for a very long time.
And we're getting what some consider our best prospects (Anismov, Cherepanov, Sanguinetti, Korpikoski, Sauer, etc.) in the future.

The thing I like about our recent signings is that for the most part, it gives us opportunity to move prospects up when the veterans contracts are up. Naslund will only be here two years, Kalinen's a stop-gap on defense until a guy like Sanguinetti is ready to play in the NHL. I wish we didn't sign Rissimiller or Voros so that guys like Korpikoski and Byers would have room on the team, though...

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And we're getting what some consider our best prospects (Anismov, Cherepanov, Sanguinetti, Korpikoski, Sauer, etc.) in the future.

The thing I like about our recent signings is that for the most part, it gives us opportunity to move prospects up when the veterans contracts are up. Naslund will only be here two years, Kalinen's a stop-gap on defense until a guy like Sanguinetti is ready to play in the NHL. I wish we didn't sign Rissimiller or Voros so that guys like Korpikoski and Byers would have room on the team, though...
Same. Signing those guys still boggle me. Out of Hollweg Orr and those 2, only 2 of them should be on the roster. Anymore and it wouid put shame to the players that deserve to make the roster.

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Same. Signing those guys still boggle me. Out of Hollweg Orr and those 2, only 2 of them should be on the roster. Anymore and it wouid put shame to the players that deserve to make the roster.
I just don't understand why you make those signings when you have better guys in the system. I feel like we have enough good prospects in our system to compete against each other for a spot, and not have to compete against a guy who's already ahead of them because of their contract status. Of course, guys like Byers and Korpikoski can flat out suck in camp, but I'd much rather have the best prospects play than these veterans. These guys can end up becoming not better than the guys we signed, but we should have confidence in them to be able to contribute to this team.

I'm glad to see someone else agrees with me.

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I just don't understand why you make those signings when you have better guys in the system. I feel like we have enough good prospects in our system to compete against each other for a spot, and not have to compete against a guy who's already ahead of them because of their contract status. Of course, guys like Byers and Korpikoski can flat out suck in camp, but I'd much rather have the best prospects play than these veterans. These guys can end up becoming not better than the guys we signed, but we should have confidence in them to be able to contribute to this team.

I'm glad to see someone else agrees with me.
Because they aren't going to just hand a starting job to prospects. These other players were brought in to create competition. Whoever loses will be sent down or traded. The same thing happened with Hutchinson last year. Staal won the job and Hutch was sent down.

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What happens in Training Camp if Byers and Jessiman turn out to be better 4th line players than Voros and Rismiller? What happens in Training Camp if Korpikorski and Sjostrom are better 3rd line players than Prucha, Fristche?

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Might not be the youngest team in the league, but the youth infusion is a good thing.

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