Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman‘s resume certainly speaks for itself.
Already one of the greatest players in NHL history during his 23 year career on the ice, he carved a name for himself at the executive level by transforming the Tampa Bay Lightning into a yearly contender for hockey’s ultimate prize.
Though he returned to the Motor City in 2019, the Lightning remained one of the top teams in the National Hockey League thanks to Yzerman’s moves. They enjoyed the Stanley Cup victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Yzerman certainly earned plenty of recognition.
And now, he’s making his mark on the Red Wings once again.
A flurry of moves in free agency coupled with the 2020 Draft as well as bidding goodbye to long-tenured veterans have transformed the roster that had earned the unfortunate distinction of being the 31st overall team in the NHL last season by a large margin.
Thanks to his moves, Yzerman has been recognized as the NHL’s 2nd best GM in a recent ranking by NBC Sports:
Certainly no argument from us!
– – Quotes via Adam Gretz of NBC Sports Link – –