A couple of years ago, the Buffalo Sabres moved toward scouting by video and let go several of their scouts. It looks like the Montreal Canadiens could be doing the same thing after their recent purge with possibly more to follow in the land of Hab.
The Oilers have fired two of their scouts this summer (Kevin Prendergast, Chris McCarthy) but don’t appear to be headed in the same direction.
I think Oilers fans should be watching this kind of thing closely. We don’t want our team to be the fellow in Ballad of a Thin Man (“something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you Mr. Jones”) and while I believe scouts are important, video and math also need to be part of the solution.
Vic Ferrari is once again ahead of the curve and gives us a list of teams that might be using some voodoo math to get better answers.
EDIT TO ADD: David Staples has a nice piece up on the Oilers and their direction. Agree or disagree, Staples has always been a friend to this corner of the blogosphere. Hat tip to jesse r for the information.