RALEIGH, NC. – This week Carolina Hurricanes Assistant General Manager Eric Tulsky answers your questions.
What are some of the biggest challenges that come with your job, and how do you all work to overcome those challenges? Without giving away the secrets, obviously 🙂 – @CanesProspects
Every job has challenges. In the role I’m in right now, the most important thing is probably making sure we have efficient processes in place for everything we do. That often means making some changes to the way we do certain things. Over time people figure out the best way to do things, but circumstances change, the environment changes, and what used to be the best way might not be the best anymore.
It’s important to keep updating our processes and our ways of doing things and making sure everyone understands the reasoning for those changes and is excited to see the improvements that come from them.
What are some of the things in your job description that the general public and fan base don’t know about? What are some of your favorite parts of the job? Least favorites? – @BaileyyCurtis
I’m often most closely associated with data analysis since that was my focus before I worked with the team and hen I first started with the team a few years ago. My role has been a broader management focus.
I oversee our pro scouting group in addition to the hockey information group now, and I also help with a lot of things like contracts and salary cap management. I I think it’s exciting and fun to be able to help out in a lot of different ways. Helping contribute wherever I can, is a neat opportunity.
What did you learn or how did you change evaluating players with not having the same traditional access due to COVID-19? How does it change your strategies moving forward evaluating players? – @ArcherForCanes
There was a period of time where some scouts, depending where they were, weren’t able to attend games in person. So as an organization, we had to rely more heavily on video for our scouting. But honestly, we were using a lot of video to support our scouting group even before the pandemic. So I think the changes we had to make to accommodate that environment were not as significant as it was for a team that was not as heavily invested in video as we were.
What do you feel like you still need to learn more about, to reach the level you want to reach in this job? – @johnnybolla
As an organization, we are always tweaking the way we approach things, trying to find better ways to do everything we do.
A lot of my instinct for process management comes from my career in chemical industry before I came to the Hurricanes. But of course, each industry has its own peculiarities. Even as I enter my ninth year with the team, I’m still seeing my instincts develop for which tweaks are most likely to pay off here and where it will be easiest and most advantageous for us to make changes, get ahead and improve the way we do things.
Do you currently utilize or plan to use AI/ML when evaluating players and opponents? – @TheDingoDude
When I was in grad school for chemistry a few people in our research group, including me, we used to scoff at the hype around nanotechnology. Maybe we were a little jealous, grumbling about how easy it was to get a proposal funded if it started with Nano.
Do you know what happened next?
I spent the next 12 years of my career working in nanotech and did a whole series of projects where the nanoparticles really unlocked revolutionary applications.
The same thing happened for me probably 10 or 12 years ago with machine learning. It was just a buzzword to me that I was not really sold on until I got to where I was trying to do things where it could really help. There’s a reason it’s as big as it is. At this point, it’s pretty hard to imagine trying to be in an analytical field without having those tools at your disposal.
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