In a day full of sudden whirlwinds of news, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made a big splash in the analytics department hiring the founder of ExtraSkater.com Darryl Metcalf. Darryl has been doing exceptional work posting advanced stats for hockey and has helped a lot of people including myself better understand the game. They have also reportedly hired well-known stats savant Cam Charron who was writing for the popular Leafs site theleafsnation.com. This news comes after a rumour was spreading that Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke was stepping down, but that has since been shut down. Here is the report via Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! Sports:
According to multiple sources, Darryl Metcalf is one of three advanced stats analysts that are in the process of joining the Leafs to work in newly created positions dedicated to hockey metrics. Cam Charron, a blogger that most recently worked with Yahoo Sports Canada, is among that group as well.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 19, 2014
This is a big step towards a much-needed change of direction for the Leafs. While teams like the Edmonton Oilers went the “advanced stats” route with the hire of Tyler Dellow a couple of weeks ago, it seemed the Leafs were a few steps behind and relied on past and old measurements and ways to judge or look at their hockey team. But with the move they made today in hiring these advanced stats gurus, the Leafs have finally shown a supportive move into acknowledging a more modern view of the game.
Congratualations to both Darryl and Cam as they look to help the Leafs into the future.
UPDATE: Wyshynski is now reporting Rob Pettapiece is the third member to be hired into the Leafs’ newly formed analytics department.