Castron comes from Columbus where he spent the past 16 seasons and the last nine as Director of Amateur Scouting.
GM Ray Shero said in a statement, "Paul has an outstanding track record of evaluating and developing prospects for more than 20 years. We feel that he has the experience and leadership qualities to help us accomplish our player development goals.”
The Devils statement:
Newark, NJ—The New Jersey Devils today named Paul Castron to the position of director of amateur scouting. Castron will oversee all aspects of the club’s amateur scouting operations. The announcement was made by Devils’ General Manager Ray Shero.
“I would to thank Jarmo Kekalainen and the Columbus Blue Jackets for their cooperation in allowing Paul Castron to join the New Jersey Devils,” said Shero. “Paul has an outstanding track record of evaluating and developing prospects for more than 20 years. We feel that he has the experience and leadership qualities to help us accomplish our player development goals.”
Castron, 53, joins the Devils after spending the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting. He was promoted to that position July 21, 2006 and built a talent pool of young players considered among the most respected in the league. Castron was previously named the Blue Jackets’ director of player development in 2002, where he managed the development of the team’s prospects, including at the minor league level. Castron first joined Columbus in 1999-00 as an amateur scout. He also served the Ottawa Senators as an amateur scout for eight years beginning in 1991.
Castron played four seasons collegiately, 1981-82 through 1984-85, at St. Lawrence University (ECAC), where he totaled 56g-86a-142pts and 135 penalty minutes in 131 career games, and earned a degree in sociology. He played professionally at the minor league level and in Europe, including four years as a player/coach in Sweden prior to joining the Senators’ staff.
Paul and his wife, Terri, are the proud parents of twins Kuper and Madison. The family resides in Penfield, NY.