A recent ESPN Insider article ranked "impressive" people in the hockey world who are 40 and under. 28-year-old Kyle Dubas ranks 3rd on the list.The top ten places him in some impressive company:
1. John Hynes, New Jersey Devils
2. Julien BriseBois, Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs
4. Sheldon Keefe, Toronto Marlies
5. Stephen McArdle, NHL executive VP of digital media
6. Jason Botterill, Pittsburgh Penguins
7. Chris Snow, Calgary Flames
8. and 9. John and Meghan Chayka, Arizona Coyotes
10. Jen Lute Costella, "RegressedPDO"
Here's what the article had to say about Dubas:
3. Kyle Dubas, Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM
There’s a bit of a misconception that has been built about the 28-year-old Dubas, who is now in his second season as assistant GM in Toronto. He’s been very transparent about his use of analytics while running a team in Sault Ste. Marie, and also in player evaluation with the Maple Leafs. But analytics is just one part of his process. If Dubas should be known for anything, it’s his willingness to look at everything to improve a hockey team.
"It’s the way he adapts," said Kyle Raftis, who replaced Dubas as the Greyhounds' GM. "He’s a very smart hockey mind. The analytics side is lumped in far too often. He’s a smart hockey mind and it’s not a mind that has just one layer to it. He thinks differently about the game and every time I talk to him, it’s about ‘How is it going to get better?’ He’s never satisfied with how it is right now. It’s about constantly evolving, adapting and strategizing how you’re going to get better."Since leaving the Greyhounds to join the Maple Leafs, Kyle's fingerprints are all over the Leafs new vision for its minor league development system. The Toronto Marlies are among the youngest and most exciting teams in the American Hockey League, and Dubas intends to utilize the ECHL affiliate Orlando Solar Bears in a greater capacity to develop future players for the Leafs organization. The first of such players, Byron Froese, made his NHL debut this past week. Dubas was also instrumental in the Maple Leafs finally moving out of the dark ages of the advanced statistics movement, hiring Daryl Metcalfe (creator of ExtraSkater), Rob Pettapiece (Yahoo) and Cam Charron (Yahoo, LeafsNation) to be part of the Leafs statistical analysis group.