Yeah that seemed an odd move for two reasons when I read that article on TSN. The young age and then the beat writer background. I could understand someone that young if they had been like a former college player that had like a business or management degree or something and the pro career wasn't going to work out. That would at least make more sense.
the question is what exactly is director of hockey ops for the Wild?
It's not too glamorous with most teams. They get a lot of projects from the GM that don't really require "hockey skills" (i.e. coordinating travel schedules with scouts). They really don't do much of any player evaluating.
It sounds like he's pretty much a number cruncher, and general go-fer for DR and Thompson. I think it might be a good idea to have someone that young in the front office to wake them up a bit. Maybe he'll convince them to put a more entertaining team on the ice in the future. In any case, it doesn't sound like the job requires a lot of hockey experience, just a knack for statistics.