Scouting the Enemy: Anaheim Ducks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

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Mar 10, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks celebrate after a goal by Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

3. Last season’s late season collapse to fall out of the playoff picture was noted in part because of the clash between the analytic and traditionalist communities in hockey. During the offseason, the Maple Leafs named Kyle Dubas assistant general manager and made a new analytics department, hiring Darryl Metcalf, who founded the now-defunct ExtraSkater. These moves by new president Brendan Shanahan were in stark contrast to how the Leafs had run their business before. The clash between the traditionalist and analytics community has been well-documented over the years, including this infamous tweet from last October. How do you personally believe the team should progress, and what kind of impact do you expect the “statheads” to have on the Leafs as a team?

Jeffrey: Talking about analytics hurts my head. I mean, I’m sure it helps a team by helping make the right acquisitions and what parts of their team need to be improved, but it’s not my cup of tea. Besides, we won’t be seeing any results from this for the next couple seasons.