After announcing his retirement from professional hockey earlier this week, Blake Geoffrion has joined the Columbus Blue Jackets’ scouting staff. Geoffrion, 25, was selected in the 2nd Round of the 2007 draft by the Nashville Predators. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in February 2012. The Blue Jackets official site included this quote from Geoffrion:
I think the Columbus Blue Jackets have a really bright future with some of the moves they’ve made – especially up top (in management) – and with the players they signed on July 5. This is a great opportunity for me to come in and grow with a good organization, and I’m excited for it.
One major advantage to the addition of Geoffrion is his hockey career. Who better to evaluate current NHL talent than someone who has played against many of the players he will be scouting. He can bring this experience to the table and help the Blue Jackets make effective decisions on the players they sign or make trade offers for.
Growth seems to have played a major role in Geoffrion’s decision to join the Blue Jackets organization. In his introduction, as well as his initial talks with GM Jarmo Kekalainen, he expressed interest in one day becoming a NHL GM himself.
My second goal in life was to become the GM of a team one day, and I think as a scout, that’s the first step in the process.
This desire to grow and learn while taking on a new role in hockey speaks a lot to Geoffrion’s character and I believe both he and the Blue Jackets will benefit from this move. In the world of hockey, when one door closes, you never know when the next door of opportunity will open for you.
In addition to Geoffrion, the Blue Jackets also added Bob Halkidis to their professional scouting department, as well as Marshall Davidson (brother of President of Hockey Operations John Davidson) to their amateur scouting department.