No. 3: Drafting & Developing
Before he was the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dubas was the GM of the Toronto Marlies and took a ton of pride in the drafting and development of players.
He completely changed the Marlies roster and turned them into a powerhouse team within the American Hockey League.
That vision helped the team win a Calder Cup, as players like Trevor Moore, Andreas Johnsson, Travis Dermott and Mason Marchment were all big pieces.
Moore, went undrafted, but Dubas saw something in him and he flourished with the Marlies.
Although he never found his way as a top-six forward in Toronto, he’s been doing that with the LA Kings for the past few seasons.
There are a million examples of players like Moore, but those who are still in the Leafs system that Dubas drafted are the following: Nick Robertson, Matthew Knies, Fraser Mintin, Nick Abruzzese, Topi Niemla,
A few of those players are making impacts with the Leafs already, while a few others will be there soon.
This is the hardest part of the job but Dubas has always set up this team for the future and some of his picks are currently paying dividends.