Kyle Dubas named Toronto Maple Leafs new general manager

Brendan Shanahan left and Kyle Dubas during the 2015 NHL draftGETTY IMAGES

As expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs stayed in-house in finding their new general manager.

Dubas, 32, was one of the first people hired to join Shanahan's management team in the summer of 2014 after three seasons as GM of the OHL's Sault Ste. It'll be interesting to see if the veteran National Hockey League executive is willing to leave his job as an advisor in Toronto to join a struggling Islanders franchise. May.

Dubas is now the second youngest GM in Maple Leafs' history, two years older than Gord Stellick, who was 30 when given the position in 1988.

Who is Dubas, and why does his ascension to GM, as a replacement for former longtime New Jersey Devils exec Lou Lamoriello, mark such a significant change of pace for the Maple Leafs? Dubas is regarded as an open-minded, progressive team architect, and his work alongside Lamoriello and Hunter, among others, has him well-prepared to guide the Leafs to the next level of their competitive cycle.

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Dubas has been an advocate of speed and skill, for analytics blended with fresh thinking. Marie Greyhounds, of the Ontario Hockey League, at the age of 25.

Dubas' responsibilities had included player personnel, managing the club's player development department and farm system, managing the organization's research & development department, and overseeing the organization's top prospects as GM of the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies. Dubas compiled a 190-90-20-4 record as Marlies GM, and has helped groom eight current Leafs players - forwards Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Andreas Johnsson, Kasperi Kapanen, Josh Leivo and William Nylander, and defencemen Connor Carrick and Travis Dermott - at the AHL level.

In 2015, Forbes named Dubas among the sports industry's young stars in its annual Top 30 Under 30 in Sports.

Six years later, the Chicago Blackhawks similarly went young in handing the reins to Stan Bowman, who had also recently celebrated his 36th birthday.

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