Wild West: General Manager Ratings – Nashville

Grant Campbell


In part nine of our look at the Western Conference GMs, we will look at David Poile who has been an NHL GM for almost 38 years. I'd almost forgotten that he was the GM in Washington from 1982 to 1997 and has been the GM in Nashville since they started as an expansion franchise in the 1998-99 season.  

We skipped Bill Guerin in Minnesota because his resume is very limited as he has been on the job less than a year.


5: below average

6: average

7: above average

8: top ten

9: Exceptional 

10: Perfect

Overall ratings should be based at seven being average, but the biggest takeaway should be how each GM compares to the others.

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

Jim Nill – Dallas: 7.225

Ken Holland – Edmonton: 6.925 (post-2009)

Rob Blake – Los Angeles: 7.025

Nashville Predators

GM – David Poile, hired June 9th, 1997

The first category, winning:

Regular-season record: 821 W 633 L 60 T 91 OTL 70 SOL 0.554 Winning %

Best result and playoffs: The best regular season was in 2017-18 when the team had 53 wins and 117 points but lost in round two of the playoffs. The Predators made it to the Stanley Cup finals in 2016-17 only to lose in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Nashville was not benefitted the same quality of players that Vegas was coming into the NHL and David Poile had to rely on a roster of NHL rejects in the first few seasons and not surprisingly they struggled not making the playoffs for their first five seasons. Including this season, they should make the playoffs for the 13th time in 16 attempts since 2002-03. 

The Predators have only had three coaches in 21 seasons and that includes Barry Trotz for the first 15 seasons. 

Since the 2005-06 season, Poile has given Nashville an opportunity to be competitive almost every season. They have just never been able to get over the hump and win the Stanley Cup and their window is closing, so Poile will need to do something to keep this team competitive.

Winning rating: 7.6


Their defense and defensive prospects have been the envy of the league for quite a few years and most of them were from the draft. This is a GM that drafted,