The San Jose Sharks, according to the NHL’s opening day rosters, are once again among the NHL’s biggest youngest clubs.
By weight, Team Teal towers above everybody at a hefty 213.5 pounds. Washington is the next closest club and the only franchise averaging above 210 pounds. Kyle McLaren, Alexei Semenov and Joe Thornton
lead the way, tipping the scales at 235 apiece.
Backup netminder Dimitri Patzold (195) and Torrey Mitchell
(190) are the only two Sharks weighing in at less than 200 pounds.
On the other side of the ledger, Buffalo, Dallas, Nashville and Detroit all come in under 200 pounds, with Detroit by far the lightest at 195.
From a height perspective, San Jose ranks fourth among all clubs, with an average of just more than 6-foot-1. There’s not as dramatic a league-wide range with regards to height as there is to weight. Washington and Tampa Bay lead the way, cracking the 6-foot-2 barrier, and the Rangers are just a tad taller than San Jose.
Atlanta and Detroit are the two shortest clubs on average at six-foot.
Semenov is the tallest Shark (6-foot-6), but Thornton, McLaren and Patrick Rissmiller are reach up to 6-foot-4.
The lower end of the Sharks stature wise is the 5-foot-11 Mitchell.
As for age, the Sharks sit in an odd bit of company. Team Teal is the fifth-youngest NHL club, with the club’s average age at exactly 27 years. Edmonton and Phoenix are the two youngest clubs at 26.6 years with Buffalo and Columbus slotted between those two and the Sharks.
Surprisingly, the Sharks and Buffalo Sabres are the only two clubs in the NHL’s seven youngest who made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2007.
The backside of the age chart shows Atlanta, Calgary, Carolina and Detroit as the four oldest clubs, with the Hurricanes (30.1) and Detroit (30.5) the only two franchises that average more than 30.
What does all the data mean? It depends on the viewpoint, but Sharks fans have a young team that should contend for the Stanley Cup for years to come.
The Sharks will play in Vancouver tonight at 7 p.m. and the game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.