Confirmed: #Oilers part ways with analytics man Tyler Dellow. Contract not renewed for 2016-17 season.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 21, 2016
Mark Spector was the first to break the news this morning that the Oilers have not renewed the contract of their stats man, Tyler Dellow. If you count me retweeting his tweet, I was the second to break the news.
The Oilers were arguably one of the first teams in the NHL to jump on the fancy stats train. Call it revolutionary thinking, or call it a fad — that has yet to be determined. In 2014, the Oilers hired Dellow, a lawyer/stats writer out of Toronto, to help the team understand a new way of looking at hockey, and to approach the evaluation of gameplay and player skills a different way.
Two short years later and Dellow’s contract was not renewed. Does this mean the Oilers have acknowledged that analytics are not essential and will be getting out of the fancy stats business, or does it mean Tyler was not a fit for the organization and they are looking for a new analytics guru to hire?
After Montreal fired their analytics man for (in my opinion) being resistant to the Subban trade, one raises the question on whether Dellow’s release had anything to do with the Taylor Hall trade. Though I don’t know Tyler’s stance on Hall, as a stats man, you have to believe that he was Team Taylor for life.
Tyler Dellow’s skill set makes it easy to believe that another NHL team will pick him up fairly quickly. If this is true, chances of Tyler bringing back his controversial Twitter account, @mc79hockey, as well as his website, mc79hockey.com, is slim.
Tyler Dellow is as sharp as they come. Hard to imagine he’ll be out of the game for long, unless he chooses to be.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 21, 2016
Did Tyler Dellow make a presentation to the Oilers front office saying “y’all dummies know Subban is available, right?”
— A Preds fan (@goalpostcam) July 21, 2016
Maybe the Oilers just traded Tyler Dellow to New Jersey for a much less dynamic analytics expert.
— Dan Saraceni (@cultureoflosing) July 21, 2016
The beginning of many internal changes from Chia? https://t.co/Rvoa3B1Emf
— Chris Gordeyko (@TheNationChris) July 21, 2016
Say what you will about Tyler Dellow but the dude knows his shit. I’m guessing he’ll be looking for work for about 5 minutes.
— baggedmilk (@jsbmbaggedmilk) July 21, 2016
My source tells me that Chia hates the names Taylor and Tyler. Poor Dellow
— Taton (@Tlangester) July 21, 2016
Probably thought the “Bobby Nicks Burger” was just “okay”. https://t.co/SSG7fZB98Q
— Jeanshorts (@JSBMjeanshorts) July 21, 2016
Fancy stats has taken the NHL by storm in the past few years. Do you think the Oilers will be hiring new analytics staff in the near future? Or are we going back to the old-school way of evaluating players and gameplay, by looking at point production and watching with our eyes?