Who are the Youngest Players in the NHL


The National Hockey League is made up of hundreds of players of varying ages. Some, however, are quite a bit younger than the so-called grizzled vets who have played more than a few seasons. Over 200 players are selected in the NHL draft each year, bringing tons of fresh faces to the league. How young, then, are the youngest of the professional hockey bunch? Read on to find out.

Baby-Faced Rooks


Ottawa Senators left winger Alex Formenton is the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years old. Formenton took the ice for the first time during the 2017-18 season after being selected forty-seventh overall in the draft. Filip Chytil is the second youngest NHL player, also 18 years old. The center was picked in the first round (twenty-first overall) during the 2017 draft by the Broadway Blueshirts (aka the New York Rangers).

No. 3 on the list is Owen Tippett, 18-year-old rookie for this Florida Panthers. Fourth on the list is the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, 19-year-old Nico Hischier, center for the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto is the fifth youngest, followed by Nolan Patrick of the Philadelphia Flyers. Clayton Keller (19 years old) is no. 7 on the list and was selected in the 1st round (seventh overall) of the 2016 draft by the Arizona Coyotes.

No. 8 is Mikhail Sergachev, also 19, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was actually drafted in 2016 by the Canadiens, so he’s not only a non-rookie, but he’ll also be taking the ice for a second season this year. The last of the top 10 players include Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens), and Samuel Girard (Nashville Predators), all age 19.

Youthful All-Stars


The NHL All-Star game is divided into three 20-minute games and takes star players from each NHL division to make up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. It’s a single-elimination, 3-on-3 tournament, which is relatively new to the league.

For the 2016-17 season, we found the youngest player on each All-Star team. In the Atlantic Division, Dylan Larkin was the youngest player. The Detroit Red Wings center is 21 years old, and expectations for him are quite high in Detroit. In addition to his All-Star selection, Larkin was rookie of the month in November of the 2015-16 season.

In the Central Division, Tyler Seguin was the youngest player on his respective All-Star team. Seguin is a relative oldster when compared to the other youngest players, coming in at age 25. He was drafted second overall in 2010 by the Boston Bruins and now plays for the Dallas Stars.

Brandon Saad, age 24, is the youngest All-Star player for the Metropolitan Division team. He currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, but previously played a couple of seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

From the Pacific Division, 24-year-old Calgary Flames player Johnny Gaudreau was the youngest All-Star select last year. Gaudreau has made the All-Star team for three consecutive seasons and made the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie team.

Youth Movement in the Rink


Several of the top 10 youngest hockey players in the NHL made their presence known last season, and hope to continue blading their way to glory. In addition to the top 10 youngest overall, we researched each team’s youngest player and found the youth movement in the NHL is strong – not one of the youngest players from each team is older than 23.

Included are players like Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames, 19), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings, 21), Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild last year, now with the new expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Nights, 21), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 20), and Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins, 23).

Hit the Ice

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Top 10 Youngest Players in the NHL

  1. Alex Formenton (18) Ottawa Senators
  2. Filip Chytil (18) New York Rangers
  3. Nico Hischier (19) New Jersey Devils
  4. Kailer Yamamoto (19) Edmonton Oilers
  5. Nolan Patrick (19) Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Clayton Keller (19) Arizona Coyotes
  7. Mikhail Sergachev (19) Tampa Bay Lightning
  8. Victor Mete (19) Montreal Canadiens
  9. Samuel Girard (19) Nashville Predators
  10. Patrik Laine (19) Winnipeg Jets


New Look NHL Jerseys: Metropolitan Division

NHL Jerseys Metropolitan Division

Metropolitan Modifications

The NHL, partnered with Adidas and Fanatics, have finally revealed the new look for all 31 NHL teams, with changes in design ranging from minor modifications to complete overhauls. Fanatics Branded – the company’s merchandise division – has signed on to be the exclusive manufacturer of all replica adult NHL jerseys.

Read on to learn more about the modifications made to the eight teams competing in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina Hurricanes




The Carolina Hurricanes ushered in a new wave of #Redvolution by debuting a striking red and black jersey design. The team’s iconic circle hurricane logo is situated in the center of the sweater with the classic NHL badge placed at the collar base.

In synchrony with the Canes’ 20th anniversary season, the original warning flag pattern returns on the waistline of the jersey and features another red hue. Black has also been more prominent in the jersey’s design, with the inclusion of black stripes surrounding the existing white stripes on the waistline and sleeves.

Columbus Blue Jackets





Minimal changes are made to the new rendition of the Columbus Blue Jackets jersey. Fans will notice modifications made to the collar – now featuring the NHL logo at the collar base – as well as a new accent along the neckline. The shoulders welcome a new look with a dotted pattern fill.

New York Rangers




The Broadway Blueshirts stick to their moniker with a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. The “Rangers” wordmark slants diagonally down the chest of the jersey in a red font. This iteration of the New York Rangers’ outfit is predominantly blue, but features red and white stripes on the sleeves and waistline.

New York Islanders




Minimal changes were made to the New York Islanders’ home uniforms. If anything, the Isle’s road white jersey embraces change by incorporating a blue ring around the team’s primary logo.

New Jersey Devils




The New Jersey Devils’ brand-new sweater symbolizes the team’s history. The red collar is a nod to the Kansas City Scouts, while the three equal-width red, white, and black sleeve stripes pay tribute to the former Colorado Rockies (both the Scouts and the Rockies were previous teams in the franchise’s history). One notable addition to the jersey is the championship collar – you can find the Devils’ three Stanley Cup championship seasons embedded within the collar.

Pittsburgh Penguins




The reigning Stanley Cup champions receive minor modifications to their jerseys. The Pens ditch the V-neckline and add more yellow to the collar. All in all, the Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys have subtle changes that make bold statements.

Philadelphia Flyers




The Philadelphia Flyers’ new sweater almost identically resembles their classic look used last season, except for some changes to the white striping on the sleeves.

Washington Capitals




Not much has changed over in the nation’s capital. The Washington Capitals’ “Weagle” logo now sits higher on the shoulders. The most notable change comes from modifications to the blue piping and collar. The new threads display a more “boxy” look as the piping adopted a new position on the jersey.

It’s Time to Gear Up

Well there you have it, folks – the brand-new Fanatics Breakaway jerseys showcased for the Metropolitan Division. Excited for next season? Continue the hype surrounding each team’s fresh gear by heading over to Fanatics.com today, and purchase a replica jersey for yourself!


Mapping NHL Teams: Metropolitan Division



Like other professional sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) includes conferences and divisions. Its most recent shakeup, however, was not too long ago. Before the first puck hit the ice for the 2013-14 season, teams were shuffled around and came to rest in divisions that made the most sense geographically. The Columbus Blue Jackets, now in the Eastern Conference in the Metropolitan Division, were affected by this change; they spent the first years of their young franchise in the Western Conference.

The rest of the Metropolitan Division consists of the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Washington Capitals. The most recent Stanley Cup winner of the bunch, the Penguins, just happened to win it all in the 2015-2016 season. Let’s consider the teams’ rosters to see who hails from where as well as which countries, provinces, and states produced some of the world’s best hockey players.

The Big Three and Beyond


As with many NHL teams, Canada is the origin of nearly half of the players that hit the ice for the Metropolitan Division. Out of 192 total players, 86 come from Canada. Another large chunk (over 27 percent) of players come from the U.S. Other countries represented in this NHL division are Sweden with just under 9 percent, Russia with a bit over 5 percent, the Czech Republic with over 4 percent, and Finland with five players, making up almost 3 percent.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending champs, have a couple notable Canadians on their roster. Sidney Crosby hails from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and Matt Murray comes from Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition to last season’s win, the Penguins have brought home the Stanley Cup three other times since becoming a franchise in 1967.

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals feature Swedish players in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2005-06, but they haven’t enjoyed much success in recent years – they’ve only made the playoffs once since their Cup win. And the Capitals have had quite a bit of postseason appearances (26 times in 42 seasons), but they’ve yet to win a Stanley Cup.

Divisions, by States and Provinces


Breaking down the division’s rosters even further, we can see which Canadian provinces and U.S. states grew professional hockey players. Ontario, Canada, owns the biggest piece of the Metropolitan Division pie, offering up 48 players. Saskatchewan is the home of 10 players, followed by Alberta (seven players), and Quebec, British Columbia, and Manitoba, which can each claim six home-province players.

South of the Canadian border, the U.S. states represented in this division tend to be mostly northern (Minnesota tops the list with 11 players). Other northern states are Massachusetts (nine players), New York (eight players), Michigan (five players), and Connecticut (three players). There are several other states, though, that contributed to the Metropolitan Division, including Illinois and California (two each); a slew contributed one, including Texas, Florida, and Indiana.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a couple notable chaps from the U.S. on their team, including Nick Foligno who hails from Buffalo, N.Y., and Seth Jones, the Arlington, Texas native. Until Las Vegas makes its team debut next season, the Blue Jackets remain one of the league’s newest teams and have only made the playoffs twice over their 16 seasons.

The Philadelphia Flyers have players from many different areas, but Claude Giroux, who comes from Hearst, Ontario, and Shayne Gostisbehere, from Pembroke Pines, Fla., are a couple prominent players. The Flyers have been a successful team over the last 49 years, having reached the postseason 38 times. They have also won the Stanley Cup twice.

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When you compare the teams with one another, it becomes evident that the New York Islanders have the most Canadians on their team, including John Tavares from Mississauga, Ontario, and Johnny Boychuk, from Edmonton, Alberta. The Islanders had an extremely successful spell a few decades ago when they won the Stanley Cup four times in a row from 1980 to 1983.

On the other side, the New Jersey Devils have the most Americans. The team enjoyed a spate of Stanley Cup success, bringing it home in 1995, 2000, and 2003. The New York Rangers have more Americans than Canadians (the only team in the Metropolitan Division with this stat). The Rangers are an Original Six team that has won the Stanley Cup four times (the last win was in 1994).

The Wide World of the NHL

The Metropolitan Division hosts a ton of players who come from around the globe. From Canada and the U.S. to Sweden, the Czech Republic, and beyond, they’ve all come together to pound the ice for their team.

If you’re headed out to the arena to cheer on your No. 1 NHL team, don’t forget to stock up on gear from Fanatics.com.