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Jeff Greenberg brings system he learned with Theo Epstein's Cubs to Blackhawks as he tries to 'close that gap' with baseball

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Much of that, Greenberg said, he learned from Epstein and Hoyer.

“Having the systems like that in itself isn’t enough,” Greenberg told reporters after the news conference. “It comes down to how are you using those things, how are you leveraging those things effectively.

“We’re not trying to build systems or good processes for the sake of building good systems and good processes. We want to really help drive what we’re doing — how we’re acquiring players, how we’re developing our players, what we’re doing in the game — figuring out principles and lessons from baseball that we can apply to hockey.”

Greenberg said there has been “an explosion of information, technology (and) data” in baseball scouting and development, and it has become “pretty modern, sophisticated” in comparison with hockey.

“My sense was there was opportunity to move the needle and kind of close that gap between where hockey is now and baseball has gone over the last 10 years,” he said. “I’m here in part because I want to try to fill that gap.”

Maciver said he and Davidson, both baseball fans, have benefited from hearing Greenberg’s process on both hockey and baseball decisions, but it has been a two-way street.

 

“I know he was working in baseball,” Maciver said, “but he always kept a pulse on the NHL and he’s a huge hockey fan and very aware of what’s going on and always looking at teams that are having success and kind of figuring out how they structure things. And we’ve had a lot of great dialogue even in a short of amount of time.”

Still, there’s no getting around the lack of hockey entries on Greenberg’s resume.

He insisted, however, that this was always the goal.

“I was fortunate to work in baseball for the last 16 years, but hockey was really my first true love,” he said. “I’m from Pittsburgh. I was born a year after the Penguins drafted Mario Lemieux (in 1984), and I fell in love with the game at a very young age.

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