Gone are the days of Paul Holmgren evaluating players on their goonishness. Ron Hextall mentioned in his introductory press conference that the Flyers would rely a bit more on advanced statistics, and by golly, he’s sticking to his word. Broad Street Hockey discovered that the team hired an analytics guru in July– Ian Anderson. There’s not much information available on him, but his LinkedIn sheds some light:
Listed just off-frame there is Anderson’s previous experience as the Capitals’ regional sales manager. So, yes, the Flyers hired a ticket sales guy to run their analytics efforts. But to be fair to Anderson, he did just receive his MS in Predictive Analytics, which I’m guessing is something that not one scout in this video has:
*On Tuesday, a Flyers publicist reached out to me and said that my #IceBucketChallenge to Ron Hextall was forwarded along, but that he already did it (somewhat privately), and that they were trying to get video. Still waiting on you, ZION SPEARMAN.