“Aging” Senators Ranked 19th in Sports Illustrated’s NHL Power Rankings

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I know ratings and power rankings are often subjective and opinion based and aren’t worth the paper (or monitor) they are printed on.

However I happened to glance through a link of some sort and ended up on Adrian Dater’s NHL Power Rankings. He has the Pittsburgh Penguins at #1…fair enough, they have two of the game’s best players in Crosby and Malkin.  Dater has the Rangers ranked #2, which sort of makes me shake my head a bit, but OK.  Then the first shock with the unproven Edmonton Oilers at #3.  Hey, they will be young and exciting, but will they really jump 22 spots in the rankings before the puck has dropped.

A couple of the members of the Sens “Aging” roster. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Which brings me to the point of this post.  You have to scroll all the way down to #19 to find the Ottawa Senators.  Really?  I don’t want to sound like a homer, (but probably will) and I can understand Dater not believing that the Senators cannot surprise the doubters once again.  What I don’t understand is one major line in his reasoning for ranking them so low.

"But this team is aging somewhat, with five players 30 or older. In this league, it gets harder and harder to get by on veteran moxie.Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20130109/nhl-preseason-power-rankings/#ixzz2HgqhACDg"

Seriously?  Since when does 5 players over 30 make your roster old.  So I did a little unscientific research and looked at the rosters on the websites of all 30 teams.  I say unscientific because each team didn’t have either a complete roster or a trimmed-down roster of actual players they expect to be in the opening night lineup.

The Ottawa Senators have 5 players 30 or older:  Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Phillips and Craig Anderson.

Only 3 of the other 29 clubs have fewer than 5 30 year olds – Columbus, St. Louis and Carolina.

NHL ROSTER PLAYERS OVER 30 BY CLUB AND POSITION

TEAMFWDDEFGOALIESTOTAL
PHOENIX63211
MONTREAL73111
NEW JERSEY45211
PHILADELPHIA**53210
NASHVILLE5229
VANCOUVER4419
FLORIDA3429
TAMPA BAY4419
CHICAGO3418
ANAHEIM2518
CALGARY6118
SAN JOSE6208
BOSTON*4318
BUFFALO4318
NY ISLANDERS3328
NY RANGERS6028
PITTSBURGH4318
DETROIT6107
EDMONTON4217
TORONTO5207
WASHINGTON4307
DALLAS5106
LOS ANGELES4206
MINNESOTA4116
WINNIPEG5106
COLORADO2215
OTTAWA2215
COLUMBUS3104
ST. LOUIS3104
CAROLINA1214

*BOSTON includes Tim Thomas

**PHILADELPHIA includes Chris Pronger

So, while opinion is one thing, making up reasons why you have that opinion is entirely another thing.