Uncovering The Average Size Of Each NHL Club

ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is knocked out by this right-handed punch from Evander Kane #9 of the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on April 10, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

From the top to the bottom, bottom to top, I've put my elementary school math knowledge to use and calculated the average height of each National Hockey League team. Rounding every number to the nearest tenth, a bulk of the squads will have duplicate totals, which is why they will also be ranked according to their numbers before they were rounded off. The slimmest of margins will separate 30 groups and, as shocking as it might sound, the Montreal Canadiens aren't the smallest bunch.

 

 

Team Tallest Smallest Average Size Ranking
Anaheim Ducks George Parros (6' 5") Jason Blake (5' 10") 6' 0" 12
Atlanta Thrashers Boris Valabik (6' 7") Todd White (5' 10") 6' 1" 7
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara (6' 9") Mark Recchi (5' 10") 6' 0" 12
Buffalo Sabres Tyler Myers (6' 8") Nathan Gerbe (5' 6") 6' 0" 12
Calgary Flames Brian McGrattan (6' 4") Nigel Dawes (5' 9") 6' 1" 8
Carolina Hurricanes Eric Staal (6' 4") Sergei Samsonov (5' 8") 6' 0" 12
Chicago Blackhawks Jassen Cullimore (6' 5") Kris Versteeg (5' 10") 6' 1" 8
Colorado Avalanche David Koci (6' 6") Darcy Tucker (5' 10") 6' 1" 10
Columbus Blue Jackets Mike Commodore (6' 5") Kris Russell (5' 10") 6' 1" 4
Dallas Stars Nicklas Grossman (6' 4") Toby Petersen (5' 10") 6' 1" 5
Detroit Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson (6' 4") Kris Draper (5' 10") 6' 0" 14
Edmonton Oilers Dustin Penner (6' 4") Gilbert Brule (5' 10") 6' 1" 7
Florida Panthers Byron Bitz (6' 5") Evgeny Dadonov (5' 10") 6' 1" 5
Los Angeles Kings Fredrik Modin (6' 4") Rich Clune (5' 10") 6' 1" 7
Minnesota Wild John Scott (6' 8") Andrew Ebbett (5' 9") 6' 1" 5
Montreal Canadiens Hal Gill (6' 7") Brian Gionta (5' 7") 6' 0" 13
Nashville Predators Wade Belak (6' 5") Steve Sullivan (5' 8") 6' 1" 10
New Jersey Devils Dainius Zubrus (6' 5") Cory Murphy (5' 9") 6' 1" 6
New York Islanders Tim Jackman (6' 4") Freddy Meyer (5' 10") 6' 1" 11
New York Rangers Brian Boyle (6' 7") Chris Drury (5' 10") 6' 1" 3
Ottawa Senators Andy Sutton (6' 6") Ryan Shannon (5' 9") 6' 1" 5
Philadelphia Flyers Chris Pronger (6' 6") Jared Ross (5' 9") 6' 1" 9
Phoenix Coyotes Martin Hanzal (6' 6") Mathieu Schneider (5' 11") 6' 1" 6
Pittsburgh Penguins Michael Rupp (6' 5") Alex Goligoski (5' 11") 6' 1" 7
San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton (6' 4") Scott Nichol (5' 9") 6' 1" 7
St. Louis Blues Brad Winchester (6' 5") Mike Weaver (5 '9") 6' 1" 8
Tampa Bay Lightning Victor Hedman (6' 6") Martin St. Louis (5' 9") 6' 1" 2
Toronto Maple Leafs Brayden Irwin (6' 5") Phil Kessel (5' 11") 6' 1" 2
Vancouver Canucks Andrew Alberts (6' 5") Kyle Wellwood (5' 11") 6' 1" 9
Washington Capitals Jeff Schultz (6' 6") Scott Walker (5' 10") 6' 2" 1

Shockingly, the three biggest units come out of the Eastern Conference with Washington leading the way while Tampa Bay and Toronto are right behind. Montreal was the smallest Eastern team, which makes their David over Goliath victory versus the Capitals that much more of a fairytale script, but the shortest overall honor belongs to the Detroit Red Wings. After the Canadiens, Buffalo is tied with three other clubs for the third-shortest ranking. Three of the four Conference Finalists were of decent proportions; you can guess which one is minuscule. Seven of the 11 most immense factions missed the playoffs, and the remaining four were bounced in the first round. The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

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