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Hynes: Analytics 'important piece of the puzzle'

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, N.J. – There's been an information renaissance of sorts in the NHL with a number of teams recently hiring personnel specifically tasked with handling analytics.

The New Jersey Devils are one of them, having hired Sunny Mehta to be their director of analytics after the 2013-14 season.

John Hynes, introduced as the Devils coach on Tuesday, said he's going to use whatever information is at his disposal.

"Analytics is something we didn't use a ton at the American Hockey League. I know we have a really good system here, and that's something that we will use or sure," Hynes said. "It's another piece of the puzzle of helping develop your team, and making decisions with your team. We have two excellent guys on staff, so we will definitely be using those."

More numbers and statistics are tracked at the NHL level versus in the AHL, but Hynes talked about concepts, such as puck possession, that have metrics being tracked in the NHL.

"We want to be really strong on both sides of the puck," Hynes said. "When we don't have the puck, we want to have very good structure, very good commitment, and guys really understand where we need to be to get the puck back. But when we have the puck, we want to really be a puck-support team where want to possess it."

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