NHL's top 25 players under 25
If it seems like the average NHL player is getting younger, that may be because it's true. At 27.4, the league's average age last season was the lowest it's been since 2000-01, according to
"Because of the way the CBA is set up, you have to make assessments on prospects and players you draft at a younger age," says Islanders general manager
"When you watch the game as compared to five or ten years ago, it's a much faster game, it's more exciting to watch," Snow says. "I know the year I played coming out of the work stoppage it was a lot harder on goaltenders."
With the game rewarding speed and skill, some of the NHL's brightest stars are also its youngest. Thirteen of last year's all-stars and five of the top six vote-getters for the Hart Trophy were under 25 years old; and that count includes New Jersey sniper
Just a week into the season, the league's under 25ers are already making an impression, whether they be "veterans" like