One of the most memorable compliments Kraken analytics specialist Alexandra Mandrycky paid her boss was telling him he was “more of a nerd” than he realized.

Fortunately for Mandrycky, 31, this unique approach to employment trajectory worked out just fine, as said “nerd” — Kraken general manager Ron Francis — has promoted her to assistant GM, the NHL’s first woman to hold that title while specializing primarily in analytics.

The relationship between the team’s first two hockey operations hires, with Mandrycky actually preceding Francis by a few weeks in July 2019, has long been close beginning with them embarking on a Seattle promotional tour their first month on the job.

And to hear Francis tell it, even a little friendly nerd-calling didn’t change his mind on having Mandrycky shed her director of hockey strategy and research title to join his assistant GM inner circle alongside Ricky Olczyk and Jason Botterill.