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Tyler Seguin says analytics is way of the future

Stars forward Tyler Seguin, at the BioSteel Hockey Camp on Wednesday, says although he doesn't...

Stars forward Tyler Seguin, at the BioSteel Hockey Camp on Wednesday, says although he doesn't really follow the new science of hockey analytics, the new-fangled statistics are here to stay. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:35 PM ET

TORONTO - Asked Wednesday if he follows hockey analytics, Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jay Harrison wryly replied: “No, I just follow pucks.”

When the same query was forwarded to fellow NHLers Tyler Seguin and Joel Ward, both admitted they haven’t examined hockey’s new numbers game very closely.

At the same time, to a man, all three agreed that the concept of analytics has a place in the sport — one that likely will balloon as players, teams and fans become more educated in this era of advanced stats.

“It definitely has a future in the game,” Harrison said during the BioSteel Hockey Camp at St. Mike’s Arena. “You can’t stop progress.”

NHL teams seem to agree.

The Maple Leafs have jumped into the analytics game head-first, having reportedly hired numbers gurus Darryl Metcalf, Cam Charron and Rob Pettapiece this week after bringing in analytics-savvy Kyle Dubas last month.


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