Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights organization made it a clean sweep as General Manager George McPhee took home the 2018 GM of The Year Award.
Over the course of this NHL career as General Manager, McPhee help build two Stanley Cup Finalist teams in both 1997-98 Washington Capitals and the 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights.
McPhee beat out Kevin Cheveldayoff of the Winnipeg Jets and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Cheveldayoff and Yzerman were instrumental as their clubs were Conference Finalists this season.
With McPhee he built the inaugural Golden Knights team that went on to complete the 2017-18 campaign with a 51-24-7 for 109 points. Something that was never done in the leagues 100 year history.
His 2017-18 Golden Knights squad featured a group of five players who were the franchises top point scorers this season. Those players were William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, David Perron, Reilly Smith and Erik Haula.
Karlsson led the team with 78 points, Marchessault finished in second place at 75 points, Perron came in third with his 66 points, Smith slotted in fourth at 60 points, and Haula anchored the group with 60 points.
In year one, his most notable acquisitions were forwards Ryan Carpenter, Ryan Reaves, and Tomas Tatar. Carpenter was an early waiver wire pickup in the first half of the season, while both Reaves and Tatar were near or at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline.
His team would capture the franchises first Pacific Division Title, a Western Conference Championship, and a Stanley Cup Finalist with a group of guys called “Golden Misfits”.