When John Ferguson Jr. was named Maple Leafs general manager 15 years ago, he had just turned 36 years old. 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.
Firstly, the new GM is only 32 years old, which makes him the second-youngest at his position in the National Hockey League - just four years older than the Arizona Coyotes' John Chayka and a whopping 43 years younger than Lamoriello, under whom he served as an assistant to the GM starting in 2015.
Dubas has been an advocate of speed and skill, for analytics blended with fresh thinking.
Lamoriello was shifted to the role of senior adviser with the Leafs last month, with most expecting team president Brendan Shanahan to choose between Dubas and 55-year-old Mark Hunter, whose club title is also assistant general manager.More news: Gazans return en masse to Israel border, one killed, hundreds injured
Dubas was responsible for player personnel, the farm system and research and development.
Shanahan and Dubas met with the media early Friday afternoon, and Shanahan noted that Dubas and fellow assistant GM Mark Hunter both were highly credible hockey people who vied for the position.
The Marlies were AHL regular season champions this season for second time in three years. 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. The Maple Leafs were eliminated in seven games by Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
After being removed from the general manager's position, one that he held since 2015, Lamoriello doesn't have any intention of staying with the Maple Leafs, according to The Athletic . Gord Stellick became the league's then-youngest general manager at 30 when he was hired as GM in April 1988.