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Tyler Eckford

Tyler Eckford  #56

Defenseman
NUMBER: 56 BIRTHDATE: September 8, 1985
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Vancouver, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 225 DRAFTED: NJD / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 7th   (217th overall)
On leave of absence from Albany (AHL) announced Jan. 24...Is in his 3rd pro season; made 2010-11 NHL debut Nov. 29 at Ana…Recalled from Albany (AHL) Thu.;  stats showed 2a &  6 PIM in 6 AHL appearances…2009-10:  Completed campaign 3rd among Lowell (AHL) defensemen with 8g-23a-31pts…Recorded 1st NHL point with 1a Nov. 21 at Dal.;  made his NHL/Devils' debut Nov. 19 at Nsh…Was 1st among Lowell d’men with 5g-10a-15pts at time of recall…Named AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 15, ‘09;  had 2g-5a-7pts & +6 rating in 3 games…Spent 3 seasons at Alaska-Fairbanks (CCHA);  was named to the conference All-Rookie Team in 2006 & WCHA 1st All-Star Team/NCAA West 1st All-American Team in 2008…Spent 2 seasons with S. Surrey (BCJHL);  teammates included Trenton Devils defenseman T. Miller.
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) CCHA First All-Star Team (2008) NCAA West First All-American Team (2008) Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, July 4, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 10, 2012.
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Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'

— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis