Former Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton Joins the Blue Jackets' Scouting Staff, Per a Report

By 1OB Staff on February 10, 2020 at 1:57 pm
Former Minnesota Wild GM Paul Fenton is back in the NHL as a scout with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Paul Fenton's tenure as GM of the Minnesota Wild was a short and less-than-decorated one. He's getting another chance, albeit in a scouting capacity, with the Blue Jackets' front office.

The Athletic's Craig Custance reported Monday afternoon that Fenton, 60, is set to join Jarmo Kekalainen's staff as a scout. Fenton was the longtime assistant GM and scouting director of the Nashville Predators, who arguably drafted and developed better than any NHL team in the 2000s, before getting his shot as a GM in Minnesota.

While it was an ill-fated one season as the Wild GM, Fenton cut his chops as a scout and is considered among the best in that regard.

The Athletic's Mike Russo wrote an in-depth piece on the issues that felled Fenton in his short stint with Minnesota, which you can read here