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Maple Leafs Set To Form Analytics Department, With ExtraSkater's Metcalf Among Hires
Published August 20, 2014
ANALYZE THIS: The GLOBE & MAIL's James Mirtle writes, "Almost overnight, the Leafs will go from one of the league’s least progressive teams in this area to one of the most, dedicating considerable time and energy to numbers-based analysis of the team’s roster, acquisitions and style of play." How that will mesh with the "more old-school staff -- led by head coach Randy Carlyle -- and how it will affect the team’s fortunes on the ice will be a storyline to follow all season" (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/20). The NATIONAL POST's Michael Traikos writes, "Call it Moneypuck or the Summer of Analytics. Whatever it is, the National Hockey League is changing." This summer "has already been a big one for the stats-based movement," as the Oilers hired lawyer-turned-analytics pioneer Tyler Dellow (author of the MC79hockey blog), the Devils hired former pro poker player and amateur statistician Sunny Mehta, while an undisclosed team "hired former Harvard graduate and SB Nation writer Eric Tulsky." But it is the Leafs who "are making the boldest play by compiling what is being described as an all-star analytics department" (NATIONAL POST, 8/20).