When the news broke a week ago that NBC Sports was planning to replace Pierre McGuire on their top broadcast team with former Flyer Brian Boucher, much of the hockey world rejoiced. It seemed legitimate enough with a report from The Athletic‘s Rick Carpiniello spreading like wildfire. I turned on the radio today and heard Jason Myrtetus bring it up with the Cuz, which led me to seek an update. Boy oh boy did I find one. Oddly enough, it didn’t spread nearly as far or wide as the initial report.
We interrupt your evening Phillies/Reds game and fawning over the Eagles’ impending Week 1 game for some hockey action, yo.
Flyers make some Analytics Department hires
Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher came to Philadelphia with a reputation for building a solid analytics corps around him from his time with the Minnesota Wild. In fact, in the interviews Anthony and I did with Paul Holmgren and Bob Clarke, both men spoke extensively about Fletcher’s ability to best utilize cutting, modern day analytics trends along with traditional metrics to make balanced decisions. With that in mind, today’s announcement that Fletcher has added to an already impressive analytics department.
Ian Anderson received a promotion to the position of Director of Hockey Analytics. Originally hired under former general manager Ron Hextall, Anderson has served as the Flyers’ Manager of Hockey Analytics since 2014 and is the second-longest-tenured analytics staff member in the entire NHL.
Joining Anderson in the promotion club is Jacob Hurlbut. A 2015 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Hurlbut worked with the men’s hockey program in an analytics role and was part of a research fellowship that sought to develop analytical ratings of NHL players. That experience led to Hurlbut joining the organization as a Hextall hire in 2016. He’s now been promoted to the hockey analytics department’s Lead Developer.