Well...he's just disappointing from his first season. He's alright though yeah, not what you'd expect from No. 1 overall, but still. 25 could happen.
That draft comes off as a pretty weak/weird one the further away we get from it. AFAIK Yakupov's draft year wasn't really a great one as far as 1st overall picks go and the guys making the most noise from that crop are the defensemen.
Not a knock on Marner but junior numbers are, well coming in games with ridiculous scorelines. 16 goals in a playoff game involving Marner's team. So when some guys put up huge scorelines that is only a small portion of what will actually translate to the NHL. Its no mystery that juniors in general is fairly loosey goosey.
Sure, but his numbers relative to his peers are still amazing.
I'm pretty sure I saw both of them in the press box at the Kings game last week. Both had lap tops, so I guess they were doing something. Kind of
It's really hard to gauge from an outsider's perspective what the impact of a certain person has been. People easily jump to conclusions whenever a move is made that corresponds with what we perceive to be said person's opinion. It's not like Lou hasn't made moves in the past that would make sense from an analytics perspective, but future moves that do just that will have people saying "oh that's Sunny's influence right there". Same goes for "bad" moves or if the organization is still treading water a few years down the line. It's really hard to tell what type of influence and role Sunny has (is it more data scouting of other players/teams, more about getting data on your team etc). Director of Analytics probably doesn't mean the same thing in all organizations.