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