Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Age Based All-Stars

I decided to select All-Star squads for the past season based on the ages of the players. One team of first and second All-Stars would be picked from all players 24 years old and under, one from players aged 25 to 29, and one for players aged 30 and older. Click on the chart below for an expanded version of the squads.

Some pretty good looking teams there, to say the least. Which one is the best though? The Kids would have to come out ahead in the centremen category with Crosby and Malkin, and would probably win with Ovechkin and Parise as left wingers. The Old Boys would have to be considered the winners when it comes to right winger with Iginla and St.Louis.
The defensemen are fairly well matched in each age group but overall the Old Boys would have to come out ahead with the likes of Andrei Markov and Scott Niedermayer as the second team all-stars.
Coming down to goaltending, the Oldsters with Vezina winner Tim Thomas and Evgeni Nabokov will barely best the youngsters Ward, Fleury and Mason (I couldn't pick just two of the three) and the Prime Agers, Lundqvist and Luongo.
Looking at my teams it's safe to say the NHL's youngsters greatly outshine the players currently in their "prime" years right now. I mean which team would you rather watch, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, Green and all or Havlat, Hemsky, The Sedins and Duncan Keith.
This being said, in my estimation, the All-Star squad of 30 years and older is a better overall team led by their defense and goaltending.

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