By the numbers: Relying on rookies

There have been a few mentions lately of how many young players the Dallas Stars have been playing this season. How do they stack up against other teams in that regard? Here’s a look at how teams compare when it comes to rookies played this season.

The NHL’s criteria for a rookie is as follows: “To be considered a rookie, a player must not have played in more than 25 NHL games in any preceding seasons, nor in six or more NHL games in each of any two preceding seasons. Any player at least 26 years of age (by September 15th of that season) is not considered a rookie.”

The number of rookies for each NHL team was determined by using the stats section of NHL.com, which allows you break down each team by a player’s status.

The Stars rank third in the number of rookies who have suited up this season with eight: Richard Bachman, Antoine Roussel, Brenden Dillon, Reilly Smith, Jordie Benn, Jamie Oleksiak, Matt Fraser and Colton Sceviour.

Only Ottawa (11) and Florida (9) have played more rookies this season.

The Stars are tied for second in the number of rookie defensemen played with three. Columbus leads the way with four.

The Stars rank second in the number of games played by rookies with 127. Only Ottawa has seen more games played by rookies with 145.

Here’s a look at the use of rookies all 30 NHL teams. They are ranked by the number of games played by rookies. The numbers are through Thursday’s games.

This only gives you the number of rookies used and games played, and it doesn’t show who is getting used in in what situations, how much they are playing and how many are playing at one time. But it does give you an idea of which teams have been relying on first year players.

Rk Team Rookies Forwards Defensemen Goaltenders Rookie GP
1 Ottawa 11 7 3 1 145
2 Dallas 8 4 3 1 127
3 Florida 9 5 3 1 100
4 Detroit 6 4 1 1 89
5 Tampa Bay 7 6 1 0 87
6 Minnesota 6 4 1 1 81
7 NY Islanders 4 1 3 0 80
8 Edmonton 4 3 1 0 70
9 Montreal 5 3 2 0 68
10 Buffalo 4 3 1 0 65
11 Carolina 6 3 3 0 57
12 St. Louis 3 2 0 1 56
13 Columbus 7 3 4 0 55
14 Toronto 3 1 1 1 53
15 Anaheim 5 4 1 0 51
16 Pittsburgh 3 1 2 0 49
17 Chicago 2 2 0 0 45
18 Nashville 3 2 1 0 40
18 Winnipeg 4 2 2 0 40
20 NY Rangers 4 4 0 0 39
21 Boston 3 2 1 0 35
22 Phoenix 4 2 2 0 32
23 Los Angeles 2 1 1 0 30
24 Washington 3 0 2 1 28
25 Philadelphia 3 3 0 0 25
25 San Jose 4 1 2 1 25
25 Vancouver 1 1 0 0 25
28 Colorado 3 2 1 0 22
29 New Jersey 4 2 0 2 22
30 Calgary 4 3 0 1 20

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