Analytically-minded hockey people, as a group, tend to dismiss the eye test as biased. There is, of course, some truth in that position. “What you see is not all there is.”
However, I think it would be misguided to look at traditional viewing-based scouting and saying that it just doesn’t work. We shouldn’t forget what makes a human being different – and, in some ways, better – than a machine.
There is no camera as versatile as the human eye, and there is no computer as sophisticated as the human brain. So instead of disempowering those tools, why not try to make them better?
Let’s go back to high school for a second.