Steve Yzerman’s first season as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the definition of success. He pulled the right strings to guide his team to within one game, and one goal, of the Stanley Cup Finals.
That Yzerman is a good general manager isn’t a surprise. After all, he was one of the NHL’s best players and spent his entire career with one of its winningest franchises.
Former players do not always make the best general managers, however. Islanders fans can’t be too happy with the job that Mike Milbury did while the general manager in Long Island.
Then there was the whole Wayne Gretzky debacle in Phoenix.
Which current players might make great front office guys?
They would need to have a good hockey IQ, know what it takes to win, and the experience to go with it.
Here are 10 guys who could make successful general managers.
Which current player would you like to see lead your team some day?