David Poile of the Nashville Predators, Pierre Dorion of the Ottawa Senators and Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers were named finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday.
Voting was conducted among general managers, a panel of League executives, and print and broadcast media following the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The winner will be announced at the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).
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Poile has been a finalist for the award three times previously (2010-12)., The Predators finished fourth in the Central Division with 94 points (41-29-12) and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card from the Western Conference. It's the 10th time in 13 seasons they've reached the postseason. They swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and then defeated the St. Louis Blues in six games in the second round to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time. Poile traded defenseman Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadians for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29, and Subban has helped the Predators offensively and defensively. Forward Viktor Arvidsson, who tied for the Predators lead with 31 goals and 61 points during the regular season, was selected by Poile with the 112th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Dorion was promoted to GM of the Senators on April 10, 2016. Before the start of his first season he hired coach Guy Boucher and acquired center Derick Brassard in a trade with the New York Rangers for center Mika Zibanejad. Then during the season he traded for forwards Alexandre Burrows, Viktor Stalberg and Tommy Wingels to add depth to a team that finished second in the Atlantic Division with 98 points (44-28-10) and reached the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2007.
In Chiarelli's second season the Oilers finished second in the Pacific Division with 103 points (47-26-9) and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. It was their first 100-point season since 1986-87. Prior to the season he added depth to his defense by acquiring Adam Larsson in a trade with the New Jersey Devils and signing unrestricted free agent Kris Russell, and the result was the Oilers allowed 207 goals, the fewest in an 82-game season since 2001-02. Late in the season he acquired forward David Desharnais in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens, and he had the overtime goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round against the San Jose Sharks. After defeating the Sharks in six games in the first round, they lost in seven games to the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.