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: Atlantic Division


Atlantic’s Authentic Jerseys

After months of anticipation and social media teases, the NHL – now partnered with Adidas and Fanatics – has revealed the latest uniforms for the 2017-18 season.

Fanatics inked a 16-year deal with Fanatics to spearhead the production of all replica adult jerseys. Produced by Fanatics Branded – the online retailer’s merchandise division – the “Breakaway” jersey was designed by incorporating the views of over 15,000 fans to create the ultimate gameday jersey.

As for the players, Adidas is changing the fashion-tech barrier by implementing the most recent line of high-performance jerseys. The ADIZERO Authentic NHL jersey aims to deliver breathability and heighten performance levels by incorporating Adidas Clima technology into the sweaters’ fabrics. The new threads maximize air circulation by using materials that are nearly 133 percent more permeable than the current material in play.

Continue reading to see how your favorite teams tweaked their jerseys with a little help from Adidas and their pals over at Fanatics.

Boston Bruins




The Boston Bruins’ redesigned jersey boasts the traditional black-and-gold colorway, as well as the iconic spoked “B” logo. Notable changes include the socks switching from yellow to black and a lack of black outlines throughout the new threads. The nameplate on the back of the sweaters opts for white outlining between the gold lettering, rather than the mainstay black lining.

Buffalo Sabres




While fans await the day that the Buffalo Sabres bring back their royal blue threads, the team’s new sweater sticks with the navy blue introduced in the early 2000s. This iteration of the Sabs jersey ditches the piping that was on the previous version, as well as the abnormal gray armpit patch. By the looks of it, the Sabres will be the only franchise to host player numbers on the front of their sweaters.

Detroit Red Wings




The Detroit Red Wings collaborated with Adidas to preserve their traditional red and white mainstays, and the Fanatics Breakaway line adhered. Motor City’s new jerseys come with no additional features. Nameplates remain nowhere to be found, and the individually stitched letters on the back of the jerseys are identical to the prior version.

Florida Panthers


Considering the Florida Panthers received a complete face-lift last season, the Cats’ new look remains the same at large. The most notable change on the new sweater is the larger logo shield that sits in the center of the jersey.

Montreal Canadiens





Minor tweaks were made to the Montreal Canadiens’ classic ‘fit. The Habs ditch the Reebok logo and incorporate the official NHL base at the collar base. The most interesting feature is the addition of the Habs torch motto on the inside of the collar. The motto is scripted in French but translates to: “From failing hands, we throw the torch.”

Ottawa Senators




Not much has changed in the North, at least with the Ottawa Senators’ newly revealed jerseys. The sweater places the Sens’ alternative flag logo a little higher on the shoulder blades and is surrounded by the dotted-pattern fill rendered onto the team’s sweater.

Tampa Bay Lightning




The Tampa Bay Lightning take pride in their newly designed sweaters. The home jersey is predominantly blue and is a sharp take on the league’s minimalistic jerseys. While the Bolts’ new ‘fit remains relatively unchanged, a notable tweak includes the elimination of the laces from the neckline.

Toronto Maple Leafs




After the launch of their rebranding initiative in 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs chose to maintain their image in the team’s enhanced Adidas and Breakaway gear.

Bring the Hype

Whether you’re a fan of a team contending in the Atlantic Division or just want an awesome replica sweater, head over to Fanatics.com. There you will find the latest fan gear from jerseys and T-shirts to hats and bobbleheads!


Mapping NHL Teams: Atlantic Division

Mapping Atlantic Division - header

The National Hockey League is divided into two conferences. Within each conference, there are two divisions. Since the league features 30 teams battling it out on the ice, the clubs aren’t exactly evenly distributed: There are 14 clubs in the Western Conference and 16 in the Eastern Conference.

The Atlantic Division, as you may have guessed, is primarily made up of teams that are on the East Coast (with a few outliers). The teams include the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The players who make up these teams come from all over the world. How do their nationalities break down on a team-by-team basis? And which country produces the most players in this NHL division? Let’s look at the Atlantic side to see how it all breaks down.

Where Do Players Hail From?

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Canada is the home of nearly half of the players that suit up in the Atlantic Division. They clock in at almost 47 percent and are directly followed by the U.S., which claims nearly 28 percent of players. After the U.S., the number of players representing other countries drops off considerably; however, Sweden (6 percent), Russia (5 percent), and the Czech Republic (nearly 5 percent) all have solid turnouts as well.

Other nations with players in this division include Finland (3 percent), Slovakia (2 percent), and Denmark (1 percent). Austria, Estonia, France, Kazakhstan, and Latvia all contribute one player each.

Patrice Bergeron, who’s from L’Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, takes the ice for the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are one of the Original Six NHL franchises; they last won the Stanley Cup title in the 2010-2011 season. Another Canadian who plays in this division is Aaron Ekblad, from Windsor, Ontario. He suits up for the Florida Panthers, a team that enjoyed a franchise-best 2015-2016 season.

Tampa Bay is another team with notable players, including Steven Stamkos from Markham, Ontario, and Jonathan Drouin from Ste-Agathe, Quebec. The Lightning are a relatively newer team, having been around since the 1992-1993 season. They’ve been to the Stanley Cup Final twice – winning in the 2003-2004 season and losing in the 2014-2015 season.

You can find Swedes on a few teams, such as the Ottawa Senators, whose own Erik Karlsson calls Landsbro, Sweden, home. The Senators have been in the league since the 1992-1993 season and have had plenty of success – having made the playoffs 15 out of their 24 seasons. They made it to the Stanley Cup Final in the 2006-2007 season but have yet to win the Cup.

Passing the Puck in North America

Breakdown of players' provinces and states of origin-graphic

Ontario has contributed the most hockey players out of all Canadian provinces in the Atlantic Division – a solid 40 players call it their home. Quebec is next with 14 players, followed by Alberta and British Columbia, which both claim 12 players in this division. It trails off a bit after that, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba logging three players each, and Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia both contributing two players each.

A few northern U.S. states can also brag about their NHL players in the Atlantic Division. Michigan (11 players) and Minnesota (six players) are the top states supplying the Atlantic Division with players. Other states represented are Massachusetts and New York (five players each), Wisconsin and Illinois (four players each), New Jersey (three players), Colorado (two players), Missouri (two players), California (two players), and a handful of U.S. states supplying one player each.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have some remarkable players that emerged from the U.S. – James van Riemsdyk is from Middletown, N.J., and Auston Matthews arose from Scottsdale, Ariz. The Leafs are one of the winningest NHL teams and are a part of the Original Six. They’ve made the playoffs 65 out of their 99 seasons and have captured the Stanley Cup title 11 times, although the last time was in the 1966-1967 season. They also won two NHL Finals before the game the championship became known as the Stanley Cup.

Team to Team

Atlantic division team by team breakdown of where hockey players where born-graphic

Ottawa checks in with the most Canadians, while Boston has the most Americans. Detroit notably has five Swedes, including Henrik Zetterberg, and hope to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. (They’ve won 11 total, the last being in the 2007-2008 season).

Jack Eichel, from North Chelmsford, Mass., plays for the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are another franchise that has enjoyed many winning campaigns, reaching the playoffs 29 times over 46 seasons.

The Montreal Canadiens have a couple of noteworthy players that fit into two categories. Max Pacioretty is from New Canaan, Conn., and Shea Weber is from Sicamous, British Columbia. The Canadiens are another Original Six team and have taken home the Stanley Cup 23 times, skating their way into the playoffs 82 out of their 99 seasons.

Ice, Ice, Baby

NHL players in the Atlantic Division hail from all over the world, and while most come from northern states with colder climates where hockey is played regularly, that doesn’t necessarily mean guys from southern states like Missouri won’t eventually make their way into the league.

No matter what team you root for, don’t head to the arena without checking out the incredible selection of NHL jerseys, hoodies, and other gear from Fanatics.com.