Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan

EP.48 - Tyler Wright - Director of Scouting for the Edmonton Oilers

January 08, 2021 Jason Podollan Season 2 Episode 48
Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan
EP.48 - Tyler Wright - Director of Scouting for the Edmonton Oilers
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Up My Hockey with Jason Podollan
EP.48 - Tyler Wright - Director of Scouting for the Edmonton Oilers
Jan 08, 2021 Season 2 Episode 48
Jason Podollan

Tyler Wright was the 12th overall draft pick in the 1991 NHL entry draft to the Edmonton Oilers. Wright was a junior star, scoring 50 goals one season for the Swift Current Broncos.

Tyler's success with the Bronco's earned him consecutive spots on Canada's World Junior team, where he earned the gold in 1993 in Sweden, after failing to medal in 1992. As if often the case with junior stars, Tyler's junior pedigree did not initially transfer to the pro level. Wright struggled to find his way for his first 3 seasons and ended up in a trade for a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh - and Wright was in a deep dark hole.

We discuss this time in Tyler's career, how he got through it, and the one pivotal person who helped him believe in himself again.

Wright ended up playing over 600 NHL games and had a very successful career. Now he spends his time trying to  identify what 18 year old hockey players will be able to become NHL contributors as the Director of Scouting for the Edmonton Oilers. 

Learn what Tyler looks for in a player, how he manages draft day and his favorite question to ask his area scouts when discussing a prospect.

Enjoy the conversation!

Show Notes

Tyler Wright was the 12th overall draft pick in the 1991 NHL entry draft to the Edmonton Oilers. Wright was a junior star, scoring 50 goals one season for the Swift Current Broncos.

Tyler's success with the Bronco's earned him consecutive spots on Canada's World Junior team, where he earned the gold in 1993 in Sweden, after failing to medal in 1992. As if often the case with junior stars, Tyler's junior pedigree did not initially transfer to the pro level. Wright struggled to find his way for his first 3 seasons and ended up in a trade for a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh - and Wright was in a deep dark hole.

We discuss this time in Tyler's career, how he got through it, and the one pivotal person who helped him believe in himself again.

Wright ended up playing over 600 NHL games and had a very successful career. Now he spends his time trying to  identify what 18 year old hockey players will be able to become NHL contributors as the Director of Scouting for the Edmonton Oilers. 

Learn what Tyler looks for in a player, how he manages draft day and his favorite question to ask his area scouts when discussing a prospect.

Enjoy the conversation!