SUNRISE, Fla. -- Martin Brodeur is at the 2015 NHL Draft, his first as an executive, 25 years after he was drafted by the New Jersey Devils.
Brodeur joined the St. Louis Blues' front office in January after retiring as a player. He spent the remainder of the season as a special assistant to general manager Doug Armstrong and started learning how an NHL front office works. Then, on May 20, he was hired as Blues assistant general manager.
Most of his work has been on the professional side, but once St. Louis' season ended, he began sitting in on amateur scouting meetings.
Brodeur said Friday that it's been an eye-opening experience for him. During his 22-season playing career, the final seven games of which he played with the Blues after 21 seasons with the Devils, he rarely took time to think about how the amateur scouting department worked.
"A lot of the things we're doing now, I had no clue how they worked," he said. "As a player I didn't pay attention; I just showed up and played hockey. There's a lot of hard work for our scouts and days like today you realize how important it is for them and its pretty cool."