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Leafs hire 28-year-old stats advocate as assistant GM

Jul 22, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT


The Toronto Maple Leafs are shaking up their management group.


But this time it’s a little different.

The Leafs announced today that 28-year-old Kyle Dubas has been hired as an assistant general manager to Dave Nonis, and also that VP of hockey ops Dave Poulin and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle have been let go.

“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan in a release. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”

Dubas has spent the last three seasons as general manager of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He’s also a strong proponent of the use of analytics, or so-called advanced statistics, an area the Leafs have been heavily criticized for overlooking.

“The chance to work for the Toronto Maple Leafs is like a dream come true,” said Dubas. “I’m truly excited to begin helping this team win and learn from men like Brendan Shanahan and Dave Nonis. I’m very thankful for this opportunity, but equally grateful to the Greyhounds organization and the city of Sault Ste. Marie for helping put me in this position. The Leafs are focused on building a team that will enjoy long-term success and I am excited to play a role in it.”

Related: Burke on advanced stats: “I don’t feel they add any value at all”

  1. nyrnashty - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    The Who You Know story of the week is brought to you by PHT!

    • imleftcoast - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I’m bitter about this guy’s great life too.

    • blomfeld - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM


      LOL !!! :)

  2. jaybaileys - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    He doesn’t look like Jonah Hill.

  3. leepetertk - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Not too long ago, Dave Nonis said that he put a lot of effort into fancy stats but didn’t see any useful trends that the team could use. Obviously now he or Shanahan thinks otherwise.

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      It’s Brendan Shanahan. Dave Nonis was never a fan of advanced stats. Even at the draft last month, he was sort of-kind of downplaying analytics while complementing the use of it; or at the least, not praising analytics too highly. But when Shanahan was hired in April, he said analytics WOULD be used. So, unless Nonis wants to follow Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle through the exit door, he has no choice but to use them

  4. buddysguys - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Leaves are funny. This guy will be gone by next year.

    • mykem07 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      *Leafs. You can’t predict the… oh wait, your a troll. No wonder.

      • buddysguys - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        no troll just a Hockey Fan that knows the LEAVES are laughable and about 4 years behind the 8 ball on Analytics…but Shan Man will fix all of that he did such a wonderful job in the league offices right?

    • elrock7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      you Dbag trolls are even funnier!

  5. silversun60 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Wow. Dave Poulin was doing radio interviews this morning about Cody Franson… must have not seen this coming obviously!!

    • rbbbaron - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Franson’s numbers are that bad relatively (the problem is that the whole team sucks…)

      • elrock7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

        Yet you post on every Leaf article. Nothing else to do in your basement?

      • rbbbaron - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:15 AM

        Not true, but who’s counting? (you apparently…talk about time well spent)

    • rbbbaron - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Franson’s numbers aren’t that bad relatively (the problem is that the whole team sucks…)

  6. jpelle82 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    whose daughter is he dating? he’s gotta be someone’s nephew at the very least…

    • storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      Hating much?

  7. beergold - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I haven’t said a positive thing about the Leafs in a long time BUT I am impressed with Shannahan taking a huge leap of faith and bringing in some new young, energenic and smart off ice hockey talent. The Leafs are still a long way aways from being a top ranked NHL team but Shannahan has got to start somewhere and new thinking off the ice is a good start. They have to change the culture that keeps top talent from wanting to be a Leaf!

    Also releasing some of the old dead weight that had encouraged or directed some of the garbage contracts will rid the Leafs of the stench of yearly failure that had developed in the executive offices.

  8. gino97 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Another ‘Dubas’ moves by the leafs!

    • bigtganks - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      I’m no Leafs fan, but this kid was a GM for Sault St. Marie at 25! He must be pretty dang smart… Theo Epstein was 30 when he was the GM for the Red Sox and look what happened.

    • mykem07 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      I saw what you were trying to do, but it didn’t work. Also, I agree with bigtganks.

  9. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Can’t hurt. What’s the worst that’s going to happen? Something I’m already used to?

  10. wutangwild - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    After blatantly ignoring the advanced stats that predicted their collapse last season due to unsustainable goaltending, this is probably a smart move. Don Cherry is probably in a fit

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      You know what, I like Don Cherry, I watch Coach’s Corner because I want to hear what he has to say, and I respect him (in a respect-your-elders way) but if he’s not happy with this move…to hell with him. Brendan Shanahan is doing what’s best for the team, and it’s about time somebody is

      • storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:25 AM

        Cherry will probably change his tune and praise Dubas mid-season if the Leafs are winning. That’s what he does.

  11. bsaures - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    What progress in just a few years They have gone from a gm who apparently couldnt figure out how to use a tie or half the buttons on his shirt to one that knows math!

  12. raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Oakland A’s are in 1st place using ‘Moneyball’ tactics. Leafs have pi$$ed away a fortune in player contracts since ’67 with zippo results.

    Build the Leafs using analytic’s and who knows, they cannot get much worse…

    • guitarhunterdude - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      They’ve got some of the best goaltending in the league, a superstar in Kessel, and legitimate stars in JVR and Kadri (soon-to-be a star, in Kadri’s case). There’s not a ton outside of that, they’ve got a crippling contract or two, and I think they’ll need a different coach (or Carlyle will have to change his system drastically), but if they give it enough time, having stats take a bigger role will only be a good thing for Toronto. I don’t know if the results will show up in a year, five years, a decade…but they will come.

  13. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Major stat to address: all-time NHL record 48 years, at least, between appearances in Stanley Cup Finals.

    • elrock7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      How many cups has Buffalo, or Vancouver, or any number of others have in that time?

      • anthj99 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        Irrelevant. You’re like the 5th grader that says, “but Jimmy’s mom lets him stay up to watch Queer Eye for the Leafs guy”

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Elrock, my note was about appearances in the Finals, not championships. The Sabres, Canucks, Blues, Senators, Panthers, Capitals all have at least had a kick at the can. No other team has ever gone anywhere near as long between kicks.

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