The Toronto Maples Leafs decided to take a new direction in their front office hiring. They hired a 28-year old Kyle Dubas who is a believer of advanced statistics.
Since the hiring of Brendan Shanahan, there has been apparent culture. They have turned their attention from grit and truculence to a style of hockey that is going to advocate skill and puck possession. In the NHL draft the Leafs selected skilled William Nylander as the 8th overall pick, son of former NHL player Michael Nylander.
This might be a good sign for the new Leafs, a team which has been pegged as a perennial non-playoff team. Hiring a stats guy, Kyle Dubas, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and was a previous GM of the Soo Greyounds in the OHL, is a sign of new direction in the front office.
“Certainly, I am excited by the massive opportunity that the Toronto Maple Leafs have afforded me,” Kyle Dubas said in a report posted on Soo Greyhound’s website.
“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 Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”
The Leafs fired Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle to open up a spot for the young minded assistant GM.