Auditing the Top 25 Under 25 

October, 9, 2012

Sam GagnerAndy Devlin/NHLI/Getty ImagesSam Gagner was just one player NHL GMs and execs thought was overrated.
One NHL team executive took a look at the list of Top 25 players under 25 years old compiled by statistical analyst Neil Greenberg and made a quick conclusion.

"The first thing you've got to get is a new stat guy," he said.

He immediately noticed the absence of Claude Giroux, and since the criteria for the list hadn't been thoroughly explained, the exec thought it was an inexcusable oversight. Giroux is 24 years old but would turn 25 during this season, if it's ever played. So he was ineligible.

The call for Greenberg's head was rescinded.

But it wouldn't be the first time somebody seriously questioned Greenberg's sanity. Last year, his list excluded Islanders forward John Tavares in an omission that was very much noticed inside the Islanders organization.