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David Conte Gets New Title

Two days after David Conte was announced as a Professional Scout, he’s got a new title. He’s now a Special Advisor to Hockey Operations.

On Wednesday, sent out a press release calling Conte a Pro Scout. Somewhere between Wednesday and Friday morning (when we discovered it) his title had changed on their website to Special Advisor.

We were told this change in title was not effected by the hiring of Murray Craven as Senior Vice President.

According to Michelle Kersch, the team’s chief PR person, Special Advisor should have been listed in addition to Pro Scout on the initial press release, and that his duties will include both.

I’m not exactly sure what to read into this, so I won’t try and guess. Instead I’ll let you all do it.

So, what does this all mean to you!?!

David Conte Named As Pro Scout, First Cup Winner On Staff

From New Jersey Devils Media Guide

From New Jersey Devils Media Guide

George McPhee‘s scouting staff is growing at a rapid rate with the announcement of David Conte as the organization’s newest Pro Scout. He has been with the New Jersey Devils since 1984 including serving as the VP of Hockey Ops for the last 23 years.

Aside from being a part of three separate Cup winning teams, Conte’s track record is pretty ridiculous. Just look at the list of players he’s been directly involved in bringing to New Jersey.

His former draft picks include Brendan Shanahan, Bill Guerin, Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer, Brian Rolston, Sergei Brylin, Patrik Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. Additionally, Conte was influential in the signing of undrafted players such as John Madden and Brian Rafalski. –

But, recently the Devils have been nothing short of miserable when it comes to early round selections. Since 2008 his first and second round picks were John Quenneville,  Steven SantiniStefan MatteauDamon SeversonAdam Larsson, Jon Merrill, Jacob JosefsonEric Gelinas, Mattias Tedenby, Brandon Burlon, and Patrice Cormier. Aside from Larsson, not much to get excited about.

He left the Devils in 2015 over what was described as a “mutual agreement.” However there were some rumors that Conte was upset he was not tabbed as the successor to Lou Lamoriello when the legend left New Jersey. Conte quickly denied those reports, but the fact he was out of the organization later that year and hired in Vegas shortly thereafter indicates otherwise.

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