I am a little wary of posting this as the Wings website’s personnel listings can be wonky, but the Winged Wheel Podcast’s Ryan Hana noted some significant changes made to the Wings’ hockey operations webpage:
Jeff Finley (Chief Amateur Scout), Andrew Dickson (Amateur Scout), Glenn Merkosky (Pro Scout), Archie Henderson (Pro Scout) are all also no longer listed. #LGRW— Ryan Hana (@RyanHanaWWP) July 10, 2019
Wright, Finley and Dickson worked as a unit and all hail from the Vernon, BC area, which is Ken Holland’s home. The Oilers’ website still lists Edmonton’s normal staff, and the Lightning’s website still lists Al Murray as their chief of amateur scouting, so you may discuss this among yourselves.
My best guess? I would assume that the Red Wings let the contracts of Wright, Finley and Dickson expire on July 1st, and that Henderson and Merkosky followed Holland to Edmonton.
If I may put it bluntly, Wright’s staff landed some very solid second-and-later-round picks, but their first-round drafting was…sketchy.
Where do they go from here? Pat Verbeek and Ryan Martin (who runs the Griffins) are assistant GM’s and Kris Draper remains a special assistant to the GM, so there’s enough talent to go around, assuming that Steve Yzerman doesn’t want to bring in his own staff.