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The Noon Countdown: A Young Man's Game

Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the youngsters on the 2013-14 roster.

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22 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...

...the age of the second-largest group on the 2013-14 roster, with six 22-year-old players* Philipp Grubauer, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt, Patrick Wey, Michael Latta and Chris Brown - appearing in at least one game for the Caps. That trailed only the 28-year-olds for the highest representation on the squad, with eight different guys (Troy BrouwerEric FehrAlex OvechkinAaron VolpattiJaroslav HalakMike GreenJack Hillen, and Jay Beagle) sitting two years shy of the big 3-0.

*Age is as of February 1, 2014, so a few of them were 23 by season's end...