Numbers: Teenagers' impact on the NHL

Updated: December 15, 2007, 12:20 AM ET
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Here is a closer look at some of the numbers behind teenagers' impact on the NHL. (Source: Elias Sports Bureau):

• Has there been a trend of more teenagers in the league? Well, not exactly. But 2007-08 marks the most points produced by teenage players through Dec. 13 of a season since 1999-2000. Here are the numbers for teen production over the last 10 seasons through Dec. 13. We also list the season's top teenage scorer for that entire season (if a player turned 20 in midseason, the numbers stop at the last point scored at age 19).

TEEN SCORING PRODUCTION
Season Games Goals Assists Points Top scorer (whole season)
1997-98 15 31 64 95 Sergei Samsonov, Bruins (47 pts.)
1998-99 13 33 48 81 Patrick Marleau, Sharks (45)
1999-00 22 57 115 172 Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning (67)
2000-01 16 35 50 85 Martin Havlat, Senators (42)
2001-02 11 37 51 88 Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers (51)
2002-03 14 41 60 101 Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers (67)
2003-04 19 54 68 122 Rick Nash, Jackets (57)
2005-06 8 25 42 67 Sidney Crosby, Penguins (102)
2006-07 10 47 73 120 Sidney Crosby, Penguins (120)
2007-08 16 48 84 132 TBD

• A look at the teenage players that have seen NHL ice time this season through Dec. 13. Some players have been sent down or have turned 20 since the start of the campaign.

2007-08 TEENAGE PLAYERS
Player Team Age Birthdate
Nicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals 20 Nov. 23, 1987
Jonathan Bernier Los Angeles Kings 19 Aug. 7, 1988
Cal Clutterbuck Minnesota Wild 20 Nov. 18, 1987
Nick Foligno Ottawa Senators 20 Oct. 31, 1987
Sam Gagner Edmonton Oilers 18 Aug. 10, 1989
Erik Johnson St. Louis Blues 19 March 21, 1988
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 19 Nov. 19, 1988
Bryan Little Atlanta Thrashers 20 Nov. 12, 1987
Milan Lucic Boston Bruins 19 June 7, 1988
Peter Mueller Phoenix Coyotes 19 April 14, 1988
David Perron St. Louis Blues 19 May 28, 1988
James Sheppard Minnesota Wild 19 April 25, 1988
Jordan Staal Pittsburgh Penguins 19 Sept. 10, 1988
Jiri Tlusty Toronto Maple Leafs 19 March 16, 1988
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks 19 April 29, 1988
Mike Weber Buffalo Sabres 19 Dec. 16, 1987

• This season marks the most point production from teenager players (through Dec. 13) since the 1999-2000 season. Who were the teens lighting the lamp back then? Here's the list:

TEENAGERS FROM 1999-2000 SEASON
Player NHL team in 1999-2000 Current NHL team
Nik Antropov Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs
Mathieu Biron New York Islanders Montreal Canadiens
Artem Chubarov Vancouver Canucks None (Plays in Russia)
Tim Connolly New York Islanders Buffalo Sabres
Rico Fata Calgary Flames None (Mannheim Eagles)
Jiri Fischer Detroit Red Wings (Injured; heart ailment)
Mike Fisher Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators
Simon Gagne Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers
Jonathan Girard Boston Bruins None
Scott Gomez New Jersey Devils New York Rangers
Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning
David Legwand Nashville Predators Nashville Predators
Manny Malhotra New York Rangers Columbus Blue Jackets
Steve McCarthy Chicago Blackhawks Atlanta Thrashers
Robyn Regehr Calgary Flames Calgary Flames
Mike Ribeiro Montreal Canadiens Dallas Stars
Oleg Saprykin Calgary Flames None (CSKA Moscow)
Martin Skoula Colorado Avalanche Minnesota Wild
Patrik Stefan Atlanta Thrashers None (Bern)
Brad Stuart San Jose Sharks Los Angeles Kings
David Tanabe Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes
Alex Tanguay Colorado Avalanche Calgary Flames