Peter Chiarelli is up for some hardware this award season.
Chiarelli, along with Pierre Dorion (OTT) and David Poile (NSH) have been nominated for General Manager of the Year.
Chiarelli surely deserves a look. He’s the first GM of an Oilers playoff club in eleven years. In his second year on the job, the Oilers swung 33 points from 2015-16 and were one win away from winning the Pacific Division before losing to the Ducks in the Conference Semi-Finals. The Oilers helped bolster their blue line when they acquired Adam Larsson in a controversial move that sent Taylor Hall to New Jersey in June of 2016. Chiarelli is also credited with signing Kris Russell to a one year deal (emphasis mine) in September to help fill out the blue.
You’ll notice that
Brendan Shanahan (TOR) Lou Lamoriello (TOR) is not nominated for this award, and because of this, I believe Chiarelli’s chances of winning this award to be somewhat stronger than McLellan’s chances of winning the Jack Adams.
The NHL Awards Show takes place on June 21st.