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Maple Leafs rearrange the scouting and player personnel departments

The departure of Mark Hunter left a void at the top of the player personnel ladder. Kyle Dubas has moved to fill it and has added Wes Clark back to the staff.

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Mark Hunter served as the Maple Leafs Director of Player Personnel as well as the Assistant GM, so with his departure, that second role still needed to be filled.

Dave Morrison and Troy Brodie are internal promotions, Morrison was the former Director of Pro Scouting and Brodie was one of his scouts. Wes Clark is a former member of the Leafs scouting staff who moved to the Florida Panthers a few years ago. He has worked with Leafs GM Kyle Dubas in the past on the Soo Greyhounds, and returns to Toronto at a time when player scouting and development needs to take centre stage as the days of top-10 draft picks are in the past.

Earlier today the Leafs confirmed reports that three scouts, including both Russian scouts, had left the organization.

Tommy Albelin was a former New Jersey Devil’s assistant coach hired by Lou Lamoriello.

And then, with guest coach Hayley Wichenheiser on hand today coaching the development camp scrimmage, this bit of news made the rounds:

It seems likely that the Leafs are not finished adding to their front office staff or expanding the scouting department, now under the new leadership. At the very least, we should expect those Russian scouts to be replaced.