Ron Hextall said he will use analytics to build the Flyers. Hextall went further into advanced stats with Bill Meltzer of HockeyBuzz.com and his views should make every Flyers fan happy.
Hextall says he will never use analytics as the sole method for building his team. He believes the eye test is just as important as the data. During the Flyers Town Hall Meeting, a fan asked Hextall to further elaborate on his views. Hextall cited offensive zone entries and how it separates good teams from great teams.
Advanced stats always seem to be met with love or venom from most fans. There is no middle ground, which is where the stats should lie. Statistics like Corsi and Fenwick can be useful, but they must also have context surrounding them.
Zac Rinaldo is entering the final year of his contract. The 24-year-old regressed during the 2013-14 season after a strong campaign during the lockout-shortened season. Rinaldo took more penalties than he gained and he was not much better in the playoffs. Rinaldo’s future is dependent on himself. If he shows last season was a fluke and he takes fewer penalties, Ron Hextall could bring him back.
The Flyers are a middle-of-the-pack team right now. They are good enough to make the playoffs, but not good enough to be serious contenders for the Stanley Cup. Cordrey’s article hits three areas the Flyers will have to improve if they want to become legitimate contenders.