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Questioning The Hiring Of Tyler Wright In Edmonton

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

I’m far from convinced that Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland made the right decision in bringing in Tyler Wright to become the director of amateur scouting for the Oilers.

Wright’s record in the past eight drafts — two heading up amateur scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets and six in the same job with the Red Wings — isn’t obviously good work. That assessment may well change as time passes and some of Wright’s picks turn into better players than they’re trending to be right now, but the obviously successful picks from those eight drafts are few and far between while the question marks are plentiful.

Let’s look at how Wright did in acquiring Big 12 players, the spine of any team, the critical players essential to any squad’s success, the No. 1 goalie, Top 4 d-men and Top 7 forwards, all the first and second line forwards and one excellent checker/two-way player leading the third line.

NHL head scouts who succeed will identify at least one Big 12 player every draft year on average, they will make the most of their Top 10 overall picks, they’ll find at least one Big 12 players outside the first round every second year, and they’ll identify at least one Team Canada-quality player every four drafts.

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stonehands-78's avatar

Same question popped in my head when I read Wright was headed to the Oilers.
Interesting article, worth a read; Staples makes some good points from his deep digging.
He concludes:

” ... Holland’s biggest mistake in Detroit may well have been not turning over his scouting department quickly enough after 2004.

In the end, I can’t say I’m thrilled with Wright coming in. He’s not obviously excelled as a scout in Columbus or Detroit. He’s got plenty to prove. Of course, I wish him well, as will all Oilers fans.

Good luck, Tyler Wright. The future of the Oilers franchise is now bound to your work ethic and acumen.”

 

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 07/17/19 at 08:07 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Very interesting write up.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/17/19 at 10:50 AM ET

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The Cult of Hockey coverage in the Edmonton Journal is great.

Really thorough and in-depth coverage on a consistent basis.

They are starting to question when Holland is going to get the scoring winger they need for the top six via trade.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/17/19 at 11:50 AM ET

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What’s funny is that Holland was in charge here for 23 years and never got close to the scrutiny he’s getting in 2 months in the job in Edmonton.

Posted by bababooey on 07/17/19 at 12:30 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

What’s funny is that Holland was in charge here for 23 years and never got close to the scrutiny he’s getting in 2 months in the job in Edmonton.

Posted by bababooey on 07/17/19 at 12:30 PM ET

Thats hockey in Canada for ya.  At least hes not in Montreal.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/17/19 at 01:56 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

What’s funny is that Holland was in charge here for 23 years and never got close to the scrutiny he’s getting in 2 months in the job in Edmonton.

Edmonton fans know they are going to continue to suck, so why not start blaming a new scapegoat.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/17/19 at 05:32 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

The dumpster fire looks more fun from over there.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 07/18/19 at 02:35 AM ET

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