The 5 Smartest General Managers in the NHL

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The 5 Smartest General Managers in the NHL
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A general manager's importance to a team can't be understated.

It's the GM who drafts the players, the GM who makes the trades and the GM who is ultimately responsible for where his team goes.

Hockey fans have seen franchises turned around in a few short years by the right GM, and have also seen the destructive power a poor choice can have on a franchise. Simply put, the GM can make or break a franchise.

These five GMs have proven themselves to be more than just above-average; they are the premiere GMs of the NHL.

 

All numbers obtained via NHL.com, CapGeek and Hockey-Reference. Additional information was obtained via Chris Wassell's piece for the Hockey Writers and McSorley's Stick

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