For the second straight year, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile has been named one of three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year award, the NHL announced Wednesday.
The other two finalists are Mike Gillis of Vancouver and Steve Yzerman of Tampa Bay.
The award was created a year ago, and Poile is the only one to make the top three each year in voting by NHL general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media.
The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Last offseason, Poile traded for Sergei Kosititsyn, who finished as the team’s leading goal scorer. In February, he dealt for Mike Fisher, who was considered one of the top players available as the trade deadline approached.
The Predators made the NHL playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Gillis’ offseason moves included the free agent signing of former Nashville player Dan Hamhuis. The Canucks had the league’s best record in the regular season and allowed the fewest goals.
Yzerman helped the Lightning to a 23-point improvement in his first year. He hired a new coaching staff and added a number of players.