The NHL is transitioning into a young man’s league, and we’re beginning to see the impact of the current young talent.
With the NHL salary cap and players demonstrating higher skill levels at younger ages, the league’s average age has continued to trend down.
Youngest Active NHL Players
Los Angeles Kings
Columbus Blue Jackets
Juraj Slafkovsky, the first overall of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2022 NHL Draft, is the only current active player that’s 18 years old. Wyatt Johnston of the Dallas Stars has carved out a role for himself, tallying 17 points through 38 games in his rookie season. Defenseman Brandt Clarke of the Los Angeles Kings was loaned to Team Canada at the World Junior Championship but has compiled two assists in nine NHL games this year. Dylan Guenther was also loaned to Team Canada but has found some NHL success, manufacturing 11 points in 21 games. In addition, Cole Sillinger has suited up for the Columbus Blue Jackets, which has seen him register six points in 32 games as 19 year old.
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