May 16, 2017
Earlier this evening, the National Hockey League announced the three finalist for the General Manager of the Year award. Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators and David Poile of the Nashville Predators join former Boston Bruins and current Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli as the three finalists.
Chiarelli got the Oilers back to the postseason for the first time since 2006 in just his second year on the job. Of course, it helps when you inherited a team bad enough to win “The Great Connor McDavid Tank-a-thon” of 2015.
However, he did make one of the better moves of the 2016 offseason by trading away former number one overall pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson. He also brought in Matt Benning and Kris Russell to finally give the Oilers a respectable defense which helped them to get within one win of the Western Conference Finals.
Poile is considered the odds on favorite to win the award as the Shea Weber for P.K. Subban trade has had great early returns for the Predators.