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Morehouse Will Be Sharks’ Amateur Scouting Director, Clarifying Fitzgerald’s Role

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The San Jose Sharks have found Doug Wilson Jr.’s replacement.

The Athletic reported today that Chris Morehouse, most recently the New York Rangers’ director of North American scouting, will be named San Jose’s new Director of Amateur Scouting.

It’s San Jose Hockey Now’s understanding that the Sharks will hire a separate Director of Pro Scouting.

Morehouse has been with the Rangers for the past two seasons. Before that, Morehouse was the Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2016-19.

Morehouse started his NHL scouting career in 2012, serving first as a Blue Jackets amateur and pro scout.

Among the North American prospects that Morehouse contributed to drafting with the Rangers include Braden Schneider, Will Cuylle, and Brennan Othmann.

New San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier was a Rangers advisor this past season.

Two weeks ago, San Jose Hockey Now reported that the San Jose Sharks had hired Scott Fitzgerald from the Boston Bruins. Most recently, Fitzgerald was Boston’s Chief College Scout.

At the time, SJHN believed that he would be the new Amateur Scouting Director, that is until Fitzgerald identified himself as the Sharks’ new Director of Player Personnel on LinkedIn.

SOURCE: Sharks To Hire Scott Fitzgerald As Scouting Director?

SJHN Daily: Scott Fitzgerald Will Be Sharks’ Director of Player Personnel

It’s San Jose Hockey Now’s understanding that Fitzgerald will be involved in all areas of player evaluation, from pro to amateur, and of course, NCAA prospects.

Long-time San Jose Sharks amateur scouts Brian Gross (WHL) and Gilles Cote (QMJHL) retired after the 2022 Draft, so Grier will also have to fill their roles.

Previously, SJHN also reported that ex-San Jose Barracuda assistant Jimmy Bonneau had accepted the Sharks’ offer to become a pro scout. Bonneau will be focused on Eastern teams.

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KE

Maybe we who comment should apply to be scouts 😂.

timorous me

I don’t know much but I follow the Rangers enough here in New York to get a sense that this guy was doing some very nice work in his scouting role, so this seems like a positive development to squash some of the discontent over DW Jr. departing.

P.Wag

I’m not discomforted by the departure of DW JR

LIL 6

DW jr is a talented man with a bright future but anyone connected to the old management who was unknown was always going to be out; its hard to be more connected than you are as the son of the former GM. This is SOP in every single successful transition of management and there have been and will be players moved or dropped entirely for the same reason (I wonder if this was the case with Jonathan Dahlen because there had to have been some form of internal difficulty we were not privy to for Greir to decline to qualify… Read more »

KE

I was not one bit discontent with Jr leaving.

Bob D

Please just keep Tim Burke away from any of the decision making regarding who to draft. They are showing him enough respect by just keeping him around, but he should do the right thing and leave as well.

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