Having purchased the latest Hockey Prospectus 2012/13 Annual -- which comes highly recommended to anyone who regularly frequents this blog; especially at the ridiculously low price of $9.90 to download the PDF version – I can tell you that one of the key features that I look forward to reading the most is its Core Age analysis.
We see references to a team’s average age thrown around lazily all the time without pause or regard for its limitations.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s value to be had in going young at the NHL level. It’s a young man’s game these days, so at least on the surface, it seems natural to associate or equate an abundance of youth with future success. But just like a 69-year-old Canadian Senator’s marriage to a 23-year-old showed us in the real world, going young isn’t necessarily all it is cracked up to be.
In the NHL, not all players are created equal (which is why "man games lost to injury" can be misleading) and as such, if your roster is rid...