The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Paul Castron
the club's director of amateur scouting, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Friday. In his new role, Castron will oversee all amateur scouting efforts by the Blue Jackets in North America and Europe.
"A year ago, Don Boyd was elevated to director of player personnel and by promoting Paul to director of amateur scouting, Don will be able to be more involved with our players at both the NHL and minor pro levels," said MacLean. "Paul is a well-respected evaluator of talent and his contributions to our organization the past seven years combined with his extensive amateur scouting background make him the ideal person for this position."
Boyd joined the Blue Jackets as director of amateur scouting in 1999 and was named director of player personnel in 2005. He will continue to assist the club's scouting staff in the evaluation of top entry draft prospects, but will devote more of his time to working with the Blue Jackets and players throughout the club's minor professional ranks.
Castron was named director of player development for the Blue Jackets in June 2002. In that role, he managed the development of Blue Jackets players and draft picks at the junior hockey and collegiate levels as well as evaluated progress of any personnel performing in Europe. He also assisted in the development process within the club’s affiliate system.
Castron joined the organization in 1999 after serving as a member of the Ottawa Senators scouting staff during the club’s first seven seasons in the NHL from 1992-99. He played a role in Ottawa’s selecting several players who have become NHL standouts, including Alexei Yashin, Marian Hossa and Daniel Alfredsson. Before joining the Senators hockey department, he spent four years as a player/coach in Sweden.