Maple Leafs: Kyle Dubas Hired as New GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have named Kyle Dubas as their new general manager. The squad made the announcement Friday.

Dubas is the 17th general manager in franchise history.

As expected, the Maple Leafs promoted in-house after Lou Lamoriello’s tenure wrapped up. Dubas and fellow assistant general manager Mark Hunter were expected to be the top choices for the post.

With the Dubas hire, the Maple Leafs selected someone young and someone with a tendency toward analytics. The 32-year-old joined the team as an assistant general manager in July of 2014 and served as interim general manager after the ousting of Dave Nonis in 2015. In the role, he served as general manager of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

Dubas took the Marlies on a 54-win campaign this season. In four seasons as general manager of the affiliate, he has a 190-90-24 record. He’s overseen the management of players like Connor Brown, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen.

Dubas was 25-years-old when he was named general manager of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

By most accounts, the hiring of Dubas as general manager of the Maple Leafs was a foregone conclusion. The Colorado Avalanche came knocking last summer and sought him for a personnel position, but Toronto didn’t give the club permission to speak with him.

“Everything I’ve tried to do since I’ve been here – some of it has been conventional, some of it has been unconventional – but everything I’ve ever always tried to do is what I felt is the best decision for the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Shanahan said. “Some of those things required patience and some of those things required being proactive.”

Dubas, who oversaw Toronto’s analytics department and aided in player development, is a good fit for the team’s young core. And his experience with many of the team’s key skaters only helps.

“I think the three years here working with Lou Lamoriello are what gives me the confidence that we’ll be able to continue to move this ahead in the structure and system that we have here today,” Dubas said.

In Dubas, the Maple Leafs have one of the youngest general managers in the NHL. The Arizona Coyotes still have them beat with 28-year-old John Chayka, who is also an analytics guy. The future, as they say, is here.

Published by Dr. Pucksworth

Doctor of Puckanomics.

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