The classic debate on whether one would rather possess experience or youth has been going on for ages. In hockey, the same argument is constantly being brought up. At this point in time, it’s safe to say that youth is owning the NHL. Of the league’s top-10 point leaders, eight of them are 28-years old or younger. Of those eight, four of them have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.
When the Colorado Avalanche visit the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the Avalanche will be led by the youngest captain in the league — Gabriel Landeskog. The 21-year-old will come into Philly riding a seven-game point streak, a streak that has saw him score three goals and tally six assists.
It’s easy for you to miss a guy like Landeskog, considering he plays on the same club as guys like Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene — but trust me, this kid is good. On the year, Landeskog has been able to conduct a pretty good stat sheet, totaling 45 points. While that may not seem like a monstrous number, he is the youngest player in the NHL with at least 45 points. Of all the left wingers in the league, Landeskog ranks tied for sixth in points and is tied for seventh in goals with 17.
So it seems that possessing youth is no problem at all. The Flyers will hope that fact doesn’t come back to bite them tonight as they are the eighth-oldest team in the league. Philadelphia’s defense has been playing well as of late, and it’s been against two Western Conference powerhouses similar to Colorado. The orange and black have only given up 35 shots in their last two games, and their defense has played noticeably quicker.
Whether veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen plays tonight or not has yet to be decided. Philly can only hope that if the 38-year-old is absent from the contest, they can continue to play a youthful game like the Avalanche do.