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Niederreiter becomes youngest Islander scorer

Wednesday, 10.13.2010 / 8:21 PM / NHL Insider

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Niederreiter becomes youngest Islander scorer
Nino Niederreiter, the youngest player in the NHL this season, is now the youngest New York Islander ever to score a goal and the fourth-youngest in the League since the first expansion in 1967.

Niederreiter, chosen by the Isles with the fifth pick in the Entry Draft this past June, scored his first NHL goal 3:14 into Wednesday's game against the Capitals at Washington. He is one of six 18-year-olds in the League this season -- but is four months and eight days younger than the next-youngest player, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Niederreiter was 18 years and 35 days old when he scored against Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth -- younger than every first-time goal-scorer except Chicago's Grant Mulvey in 1974 and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal in 2006 (18 years, 32 days), and San Jose's Patrick Marleau, who was 18 years and 34 days old when he scored his first NHL on Oct. 19, 1997. Niederreiter was two days younger than Minnesota's Brian Bellows, who scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 8, 1982, at 18 years and 37 days.

Ironically, the player earning the primary assist was Doug Weight, who turns 40 in January and is the sixth-oldest player in the League.

OLDEST ACTIVE PLAYERS
Club
Player Pos.
Mo. Day Year Age
BOS Recchi, Mark RW 2 1 68 42
NYI Roloson, Dwayne G 10 12 69 41
DET Lidstrom, Nicklas D 4 28 70 40
DET Modano, Mike C 6 7 70 40
ANA Selanne, Teemu RW 7 3 70 40
NYI Weight, Doug C 1 21 71 39

YOUNGEST ACTIVE PLAYERS
Club
Player Pos.
Mo. Day Year Age
NYI Niederreiter, Nino RW 9 8 92 18
CAR Skinner, Jeff C 5 16 92 18
BOS Seguin, Tyler C 1 31 92 18
ANA Fowler, Cam D 12 5 91 18
EDM Hall, Taylor LW 11 14 91 18
ATL Burmistrov, Alexander C 10 21 91 18

YOUNGEST GOAL-SCORERS IN NHL EXPANSION ERA (1967-68 TO DATE)
Yrs
Days Date
Score Scorer and Team
18 32 10/19/1974 CHI 3 at STL 1 Grant Mulvey, Chicago
18 32 10/12/2006 PIT 6 at NYR 5 Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh
18 34 10/19/1997 SJ 3 at PHX 5 Patrick Marleau, San Jose
18 35 10/13/2010 NYI 1 at WSH 2 Nino Niederreiter, NY Islanders
18 37 10/08/1982 MIN 3 vs DET 3 Brian Bellows, Minnesota

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