Oilers spotted scouting two rival teams on Sunday.
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Oilers spotted scouting two rival teams on Sunday.

The Edmonton Oilers have deployed one of their top executives on a scouting mission and he has been spotted.

Jonathan Larivee

We are rapidly approaching the holiday break in the National Hockey League and that means that teams around the league have had a good chance to evaluate what they have and, more importantly, what they feel they will need to be legitimate contenders this season.

This is the time of year when general managers tend to loosen up when it comes to trades and unsurprisingly we are seeing NHL executives being spotted on scouting missions around the league.

The Edmonton Oilers are no exception to this in spite of their recent resurgence, and on Sunday night one of the Oilers top executives was spotted on one such scouting mission. Montreal Canadiens insider Arpon Basu is reporting that Oilers general manager Ken Holland has deployed assistant general manager Brad Holland to the Bell Centre in Montreal tonight where the Canadiens will welcome the Nashville Predators.

There's no telling which team or player Holland is on hand to scout, but if I were to speculate I would suspect that Holland is taking a look at Montreal's trio of goaltenders, Cayden Primeau, Samuel Montembeault and Jake Allen.

Back in November, the Oilers were spotted by rival teams scouting those same 3 goaltenders and if the Oilers are indeed considering making a move in goal it would make sense to have a high ranking executive taking a closer look.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.