Barret Jackman rejoins Blues as development coach

Barret Jackman playing with the St. Louis Blues (Billy Hurst/AP)

Retired defenceman Barret Jackman is rejoining the St. Louis Blues as a development coach, the team announced on Friday.

In his new role, the 36-year-old will work with the Blues’ prospects and draft picks throughout the team’s system, and plans to be in attendance for this month’s NHL Draft as well as the summer’s annual development camp.

Drafted by St. Louis with the 17th-overall pick in 1999, Jackman played 12 seasons for the Blues and is second all-time in games played for the franchise (803). He played in 73 games for the Nashville Predators in 2015-16 before retiring this past October. Jackman won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2003.

“We are excited to have Barret back with the Blues organization,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a team statement. “Barret’s leadership and understanding of the game will be a great benefit to our young players.”

Jackman joins Darryl Sydor and Steve Ott as the latest former player to be added to the Blues coaching staff.

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