Devils part ways with long-time director of scouting David Conte

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Updated: July 9, 2015
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The summer of change is continuing for the New Jersey Devils‘ front office. On Thursday, general manager Ray Shero announced that the team has parted ways with long-time director of scouting David Conte.

Conte has been with the Devils for the past 31 seasons, 22 of them as the Czar of the scouting department and was at times thought to be the successor to Lou Lamoriello as general manager. In 2006, he also gained the title Director of Hockey Operations. But, when Shero was hired on May 4, all the narratives changed, despite Lamoriello staying on as team president.

Shero has not begun the search for his successor at the time of the announcement, only to say it will start immediately. He is also expected to part ways with other members of the scouting brain trust, like Conte’s right-hand man Claude Carrier and pro scout Bob Hoffmeyer amongst others, including Conte’s son, Jeremy.

Conte has been a very influential member of the scouting community in the NHL. However, his recent track record of drafting might have did him in, despite his early success back in the late 90s and early 2000s. Some of the players drafted during Conte’s Devils’ tenure were Brendan Shanahan, Bill Guerin, Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rolston, Sergei Brylin, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

Conte also played a role in the signing of undrafted free agents such as John Madden and Brian Rafalski. Shanahan and Niedermayer are in the hockey Hall of Fame. Conte also was  a part of the three Stanley Cup championships the Devils won in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Brodeur will definitely be in the Hall of Fame one day. But, as you know when a new general manager takes over, there are changes to the front office and Conte had to go so Shero can have his own modern vision to the Devils’ organization.

 

Steven Liberman

Steven Liberman

Steve is a senior NHL Writer from Englishtown, New Jersey. He is 27 years old, and is currently training for his sixth-half marathon in April. He's a fan of both the New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens.

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