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Flyers expand analytics department under Chuck Fletcher

By Rob Riches, Sports Talk Philly staff 

Entering his first full season as general manager, Chuck Fletcher will continue to emphasize analytics for the Flyers, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. 

Ian Anderson, who joined the club in 2014 as manager of hockey analytics, has been promoted to director of hockey analytics. Jacob Hurlbut, who has been on board since 2016, has been promoted to lead developer. 

Two additions to the department have local connections as well. Both Tom Minton, director of hockey information/video, and Matthew Karliner, analyst, are graduates of St. Joseph's University. Minton previously interned with the Flyers as well as USA Hockey, while Karliner joins after several years with Lockheed Martin, according to the team's release

During his tenure with Minnesota, Fletcher had a reputation as one of the sharper-minded analytics departments in the NHL. The Flyers embraced analytics under Ron Hextall in 2014, and as the perpetual analytics-vs.-eye-test argument continues among hockey fans, it's nice to see them continue that trend. 

The move gives the Flyers the second-biggest analytics department in the League, according to a chart by hockey analyst Shayna Goldman. Only Toronto (eight) has more analytics personnel.

On-ice activities for the Orange and Black begin this weekend, with rookie camp kicking off at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

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