LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Steve Yzerman of teh Tampa Bay Lightning works the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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Just 11 months on the job in Tampa Bay, former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has been named as one of three finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year award.
Yzerman, who worked as a vice president under Red Wings general manager Ken Holland from 2006-2010 and served as general manager of Team Canada for the 2010 Olympics, oversaw the resurgence of the Lightning franchise this season.
Tampa Bay finished the season with 103 points and currently trails the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in its seven-game Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Last year, the Lightning finished out of the postseason with 80 points.
Yzerman was selected as a finalist for this year's award along with Mike Gillis of the Vancouver Canucks and David Poile of the Nashville Predators.
Yzerman was hired as Lightning general manager last May and presided over a club that made a 23-point improvement over 2009-10, posted the second-best record in franchise history (46-25-11) and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Among the rookie NHL GM's notable moves were hiring head coach Guy Boucher three weeks into his tenure and adding key veterans to his lineup at different stages.
Defenseman Pavel Kubina was signed at the start of the free agency period last July, followed later in the month by forward Simon Gagne; goaltender Dwayne Roloson arrived via trade midway through the season and defenseman Eric Brewer was obtained at the trade deadline.