Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets, George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights, and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning are the 2018 finalists for the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award.
Cheveldayoff made arguably the most impactful move at the trade deadline, landing Paul Stastny from the St. Louis Blues, and also inked several core players to contract extensions.
McPhee shaped the expansion Golden Knights into a surprise contender with several instrumental moves at the expansion draft, including selecting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and breakout star forward William Karlsson, and landing talented forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith from the Florida Panthers on the same night.
Yzerman continued to mold the Lightning into a juggernaut, acquiring gifted, young defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens in the Jonathan Drouin trade last June. He also traded for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller in a significant deal with the New York Rangers at the deadline.