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Wings Announce Scouting Staff Appointments

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Wings have hired former Blue Jackets dir. of amateur scouting Tyler Wright as the director of amateur scouting and Jeff Finley chief scout.


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SYF's avatar

Whatever happened to hiring and promoting from within?  I was sure Finley or Kolb were going to be promoted.

Interested in knowing why he got the job over Finley or Kolb.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 07/11/13 at 03:28 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Tyler Wright Declines New Role.

He returned in 2008 when then-Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson hired him as player development coach. Two years ago, he was promoted to co-director of amateur scouting with Paul Castron, overseeing the draft the past two seasons.

This marks the second straight year the Blue Jackets have made significant changes to the amateur scouting staff within hours of the draft. Last June, three scouts were fired on their way home from the draft in Pittsburgh.

Maybe it follows the Holland ethos:  “I don’t hire interns.”

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 07/11/13 at 03:34 PM ET

LiteWork's avatar

If anyone knows scouting its someone from the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Posted by LiteWork on 07/11/13 at 03:35 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

And now we are taking Blue Jackets’ scraps.  Times, they are a’ changin.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/11/13 at 04:21 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Holland was very clear about the concept that he wanted to try a different direction this time around, so he’s going with young legs in Wright and Finley.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/11/13 at 06:38 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

I’m a bit concerned because… yeah, what the hell does it say when you’re hiring away scouts from a team that has struggled to find and develop talent coming out of the amateur ranks?

Logically speaking, I realize this doesn’t mean that Wright doesn’t have what it takes and isn’t a great fit. There are a lot of factors… I think there’s little doubt that Wright will have much better resources at his disposal in Detroit—better front office management around him, more dedicated ownership, and an already-established scouting operation that still has some long-time employees that have gotten the job done time and again. Not to mention, Wright will be working with a better brand here—I realize it isn’t college sports recruiting, but as arrogant as it sounds, the Winged Wheel likely means something when you’re doing a job that is largely about connections.

All that said, it’s still hard to parse this news because as a fan, who really knows shit about almost any NHL scouting type? I’d really like to see a write-up from someone in-the-know that can give us fans a breakdown of Wright’s credentials. There has to be something worthwhile on his resume for Holland to hire him into this position. It’s just difficult to get credible information on a scout, since they aren’t exactly well-known to the general fan.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/12/13 at 07:58 AM ET

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