The Nashville Predators received their first, in what may be several, 2011 Award nominations Wednesday morning.
This year’s nominees for General Manager of the Year include Vancouver’s Mike Gillis, Tampa Bay’s Steve Yzerman and Nashville’s David Poile.
It is only the second year for the award, and second nomination for Poile.
This year, the Award is going to be presented at the Awards show in Las Vegas. Last year, the winner was announced on tv during a game broadcast. Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes won.
The League’s 30 General Managers as well as a panel of NHL executives and print and broadcast media voted on the Award.
Yzerman, Gillis and Poile are three deserving candidates. What makes Poile a standout GM is that more than half of the Predators team that head coach Barry Trotz keeps competitive despite injuries and salary restrictions are drafted by the Nashville organization.
In addition to drafting ability, this season Poile brought in Sergei Kostitsyn who would go on to have a 50-point season as well as trade for Mike Fisher, a player who is leading the Predators in the post-season.
The GM of the Year Award is one of four Award announcements that Predators fans should keep an eye on.
Friday morning, the Vezina candidates for the League’s best goaltender will be announced. Pekka Rinne is contending for a nomination. Monday sees the Norris candidates for best defenseman revealed. Predators faithful are hoping that their captain, Shea Weber, sees his first nomination. Finally, the Jack Adams Award nominations for best coach will be revealed on Friday, April 29th. Barry Trotz may be looking at consecutive nominations after leading the Predators back to the post season for the sixth time in seven seasons.
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