Wild West – General Manager Ratings – Dallas

Grant Campbell


In part six of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at Jim Nill in Dallas. Before being hired in Dallas as GM in 2013, Nill was with Detroit for over 24 years in player development and as Assistant GM for almost 15 of those years. The Red Wings won four Stanley Cups while he was part of the organization in management. I'm old enough to remember Nill as a player and being part of the run to the Stanley Cup final with Vancouver in 1981-82. He was a fourth line player that was an energy player and was a very good fighter for his size. He ended up playing 583 games in the NHL (both regular season and playoffs).


5: below average

6: average

7: above average

8: top ten

9: Exceptional

10: Perfect

Prior Ratings:

Bob Murray – Anaheim: 7.85

John Chayka – Arizona: 6.62

Brad Treliving – Calgary: 7.5

Stan Bowman – Chicago: 7.6

Joe Sakic – Colorado: 7.55

Dallas Stars

GM – Jim Nill, hired April 29th, 2013

First category, winning:

Regular season record: 287 W 210 L 44 OTL 20 SOL: 0.569 Win %

Playoffs: The Stars are on pace to make the playoffs this season and have missed the playoffs in three of the prior six season under Nill.

Best result: In 2015-16, the team post 50 wins and 109 points, but were bounced in the 2nd round of the playoffs. They also lost in the 2nd round in 2018-19.  

Nill was named GM after the truncated 2012-13 season (labor dispute) and inherited a team that had missed the playoffs and finished at 0.500. Young players already on the roster were Jamie Benn (23), Cody Eakin (21), Reilly Smith (21), Brendan Dillon (21) and Alex Chiasson (21). Looking back now, other than Benn the cupboard was pretty bare, as the other core were Loui Eriksson (27), Alex Goligoski (27), Kari Lehtonen (28) and Ray Whitney (40). I forgot completely that Jaromir Jagr even played in Dallas at 40.

Prospects already with the team before Nill joined were John Klingberg, Jack Campbell, Jamie Oleksiak, Esa Lindell, Devin Shore and Radek Faksa.

During Nill's tenure as GM, t