The Tampa Bay Lightning fell just short of the Stanley Cup, but they took great strides this season and for his role in it, Steve Yzerman has won the GM of the Year Award.
Yzerman was fortunate enough to inherit Steven Stamkos, but he’s backed the superstar with a strong supporting cast that includes Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Ondrej Palat. The general manager also acquired Ben Bishop and drafted Andrei Vasilevskiy to help solidify the Lightning’s goaltending situation.
The GM of the Year Award is voted on by the league’s 30 general managers as well as a panel of NHL executives and media personnel. It seems Yzerman has earned the respect of his peers because 24 of those ballots included his name in the top three. With 80 points, the Lightning GM cleanly topped Glen Sather and Bob Murray, who finished in second and third place respectively.
Here are the voting results for the award, cutting off at the top 10:
1. Steve Yzerman, TBL 80 (9-10-5)
2. Glen Sather, NYR 49 (7-3-5)
3. Bob Murray, ANA 36 (3-6-3)
4. Bryan Murray, OTT 32 (5-1-4)
5. Garth Snow, NYI 28 (3-3-4)
6. David Poile, NSH 24 (2-4-2)
7. Kevin Cheveldayoff, WPG 19 (2-2-3)
8. Chuck Fletcher, MIN 19 (1-3-5)
9. Brad Treliving, CGY 15 (3-0-0)
10. Stan Bowman, CHI 13 (1-2-2)
The GM of the Year Award is still pretty new, but here are the past winners:
Year Winner Team
2015 Steve Yzerman Tampa Bay
2014 Bob Murray Anaheim
2013 Ray Shero Pittsburgh
2012 Doug Armstrong St. Louis
2011 Mike Gillis Vancouver
2010 Don Maloney Phoenix