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"You have to be a good listener and listen to your scouts. There's no right or wrong answer right now, but at the end of the day we're going to make a decision," new Oilers Director of Amateur Scouting Tyler Wright said

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - Tyler Wright has had plenty of time to see and understand how Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ken Holland operates.

The newly-appointed Oilers Director of Amateur Scouting re-joined Holland's scouting staff on Friday alongside Archie Henderson, the club's new Director of Professional Scouting, after the trio spent four seasons together under the banner of the Detroit Red Wings from 2015-19.

During Wright's six years of service time under Holland in Detroit, the 46-year-old former first-round pick by the Oilers in 1991 is embracing the opportunity to re-establish the connection and continue learning from Holland.

"It's kind of like going to school when you talk to Ken because you learn something new from him every day," Wright said.

"Ken and I have a long history, and he's been a mentor of mine for quite some time. He's a very passionate man that has a lot of knowledge and experience. He's also had the ultimate success of winning at times."

Under Holland, the pair of Wright and Henderson have grown accustomed with Holland's style of management and how to best deliver the organization's goals to the extended contact list of Oilers scouts in North America and abroad. 

"We're familiar with each other; we both understand the way Ken wants to build his hockey club," Wright said. "When there's change at the top, there's always a little bit of a trickle-down effect and this is a little bit of a result of that. I think I can speak for both Archie and myself when I say that we're pretty excited to come in and start making a difference."

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In a position calling for plenty of due diligence, Wright is instilling hard work and leaving no avenues unexplored in the hopes of building a collaborate effort to form a line of communication from the scouts around the world to the office of the general manager. 

"My job is to filtrate the philosophy and the way we want to build the hockey club, starting with the general manager's philosophy," Wright said. "I'm making sure I'm filtering that down to the scouts. When we're out there, it's an extremely hard job to do.

"It's a lot of work, it's a lot of communication, it's a lot of dialogue, and there's a lot of listening. One of the biggest things is that you're not going to have the right answer every time. You have to be a good listener and listen to your scouts. There's no right or wrong answer right now, but at the end of the day we're going to make a decision."

After scouts are deployed for another year of observing players, all that planning comes to fruition in a short period of time at the NHL Draft.

It's there, on the floor of the draft, where Wright hopes to see the fruits of their labour.

"We put a year's work of effort into basically a 36-hour window or maybe even a 24-hour window at the draft," he added. "So we're going to be prepared, we're going to try to accumulate as many picks as we can, and we're going to try to build a team we believe is the way the Edmonton Oilers are going to look for the foreseeable future."

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