It's no secret that the WHL and NHL look to size as a key factor when considering their prospects. I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at the various bantam teams across the WHL region and compare overall performance and team sizes, etc, then do the same comparison with the WHL.
In the first chart (PCAHA Bantam) the column, "Rank" represents where the teams sit within their respective league standings, while the "Average Height" and "Average Weight" columns are then totaled giving an overall size ranking. I've also included how many 1st year (97' born) players are on each team. All statistics are taken from scout booklets and although we assume they are correct, we take no responsibility for the accuracy of the data.
Although it may be completely irrelevant, the last column represents how many 2nd year players from each of the teams (under 5 or over 5) are currently considered "Prospects" by scouts from various WHL teams. If a team has 5 or more I have marked it as over. This info is derived from "actual scouts" assessments (not ours) so please keep this in mind if offering any personal opinions on this particular stat.
By the way, it should be noted that both South Delta and Mission came into this tier half way through the season so their GF & GA are skewed comparatively.
That said, we start out west in the PCHA League then move east as time permits me to post.
As you can see, the biggest team is Chilliwack but they are ranked near the bottom of the pack in terms of wins/losses against their piers, whereas NSWC (currently sitting around the same place in the standings) are the smallest team of the twelve, and quite a lot smaller than Chilliwack.
|Rank||Team||Avg Ht||Avg Wt||Totals||Size||GF||GA||97 Born||O/U 5 PP|
Now, by comparison, let's look at the WHL team-by-team.
|Rank||Conf||Team||Avg Ht||Avg Wt||Totals||Size||GF||GA|