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How do the Hurricanes blend analytics and scouting? What was Chicago’s GM search like? Ask Eric Tulsky – The Athletic

How do the Hurricanes blend analytics and scouting? What was Chicago’s GM search like? Ask Eric Tulsky – The Athletic
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It’s been a busy stretch for Hurricanes assistant general manager Eric Tulsky, and it doesn’t seem set to let up anytime soon.

The big issue? Carolina, like the rest of the league, is two weeks from the trade deadline. What separates Carolina from the pack is that a) they’re quite good and b) if they want to make moves at the deadline, they don’t have much cap space to play with. After that, they’ve got the postseason to worry about.

Beyond that, last month, Tulsky was a finalist the Blackhawks general manager job that eventually went to Kyle Davidson. That was news for a few reasons — the biggest being that Tulsky, as a chemistry Ph.D who broke into hockey publishing his own statistical analysis piece at various spots on the internet, is part of the first wave of front-office hires with his background.

Tulsky was our guest on “The Athletic Hockey Show,” where he talked about his rise through the Hurricanes front office, his approach to leading that franchise’s data and pro scouting staff … and, yes, the Blackhawks’ interview process. It was a fun, thoughtful talk with a fun, thoughtful guy.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. You can listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or whichever podcast platform you prefer.

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