Chris Drury has been nominated for the Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award.
Joe Sakic of the Avs and Julien BriesBois of Tampa are the other nominees.
From the NHL:
- An annual award presented to recognize the work of the top general manager in the NHL. Voting for the award is done by NHL general managers, hockey operations personnel, and executives, at the conclusion of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
- Named Rangers GM on May 5, 2021, Drury made a transformative move fewer than six weeks into his tenure by hiring head coach Gerard Gallant on June 16. Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50+ games in his first season, guiding the Rangers (52-24-6, 110 points) to their best record since capturing the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014-15 and a berth in the Eastern Conference Final.
- The team’s overall League position (7th overall) represented its third-best finish in the past 25 seasons. Drury’s roster adds included the 2021 summer trades for C Barclay Goodrow, RW Ryan Reaves and LW Sammy Blais, free agent LW Dryden Hunt, and the acquisition of D Justin Braun and C Andrew Copp, C Tyler Motte and C Frank Vatrano near the trade deadline.
- Drury joins Glen Sather (2nd in 2014-15) as Rangers GMs voted a Gregory finalist. He also is the third ‘rookie’ GM finalist in the past six seasons, joining Ottawa’s Pierre Dorion (3rd in 2016-17) and Florida’s Bill Zito (3rd in 2020-21) and is seeking to become the first rookie GM to capture the award. Over his 12-season NHL playing career, Drury captured the Calder Trophy as the League’s top rookie in 1998-99 and won the Stanley Cup in 2000-01.
From the Rangers:
- At the trade deadline, Drury and the Rangers acquired key pieces to the playoff run in Andrew Copp, Frank Vatrano, Tyler Motte and Justin Braun. Copp collected 32 points in 36 total games with the Rangers (8G-10A in 16 RS GP & 6G-8A in 20 PS GP) and finished with the second most points by an in-season acquisition in Rangers history. Vatrano had 13 points (5G-8A) in the postseason and registered a total of 26 points (13G-13A) in 42 games in New York. Motte scored his first two goals with the Rangers in the playoffs, becoming the seventh player in franchise history to do so. Braun played in 19 of 20 games for the Rangers in the playoffs and carried the most playoff games of any Rangers skater throughout the playoffs.
- Since the creation of the award in 2009-10, Drury is the second Rangers general manager to be named a finalist, joining Glen Sather (2014-15). If Drury were to be voted as the winner, which will be announced at the NHL Draft in July, he would become the first to do so in his first season as an NHL general manager.
The winner will be announced during the NHL Draft.
Adam Rotter: Drury had a phenomenal rookie season as GM and deserves to be a finalist. The Pavel Buchnevich trade didn’t work out as hoped because Sammy Blais got hurt, but the Rangers couldn’t keep Buchnevich and that pick was used as condition in the Andrew Copp trade. The moves Drury made at the deadline all had major impacts and helped propel the Rangers to be two wins away from the Stanley Cup final. I don’t think he’ll win, but he more than deserves to be a finalist.