Do you have to be tall to be good in the NHL?
A blog on Tumblr titled LongShotIsHere compiled some data recently comparing average NHL team heights to the final position clubs finished at by the end of the 2013-14 hockey season.
Above is a scatter plot I created contrasting the two. The results prove that you do not have to be tall to be good in the NHL.
In fact, the trend actually shows that if you are taller, you are slightly more likely to finish lower in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens, the NHL’s smallest team with an average height at 72.2 inches (6 feet), finished 9th this season and are currently in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Last year’s cup champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, have the 15th highest average height in the NHL. In other words, they have a good balance between tall and short and have found success.