Leafs hire boy wonder Kyle Dubas in front office

Incoming Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. (QMI Agency/Files)

Incoming Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. (QMI Agency/Files)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:24 PM ET

TORONTO - One of the youngest teams in the NHL will now have one of the youngest executives in pro sports.

In his first move to change the face of the Maple Leafs’ hockey office, team president Brendan Shanahan has hired 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager to Dave Nonis. Dubas, who was already hailed as a boy wonder the past few years with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, replaces Claude Loiselle, while vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin was also let go on Tuesday morning. Both the departing execs were Brian Burke hires and at one time were considered his possible replacement.

Dubas will take Loiselle’s role for responsibility with salary cap management and is said to be in tune with a shift of some teams to adopt analytics as a stats-based method of grading player talent.

“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” Shanahan said in a statement. “He has a fresh approach we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”


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