On Thursday night, the Nashville Predators won a game against the Edmonton Oilers that had big implications. They were able to widen the gap in the Central Division and surpassed the Vegas Golden Knights to take sole possession of first in the Western Conference. On top of that, Nashville extended its winning streak to a season-high six games.
But above all else, there was one more major milestone that occurred last night: Predators’ general manager David Poile became the winningest general manager in NHL history, with 1,320 wins. This placed Poile one win ahead of the former Oilers’ general manager Glen Slather on the all-time list.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) March 2, 2018
Poile started his general manager career when he was just 34 years old, taking the position with the Washington Capitals, having a pretty lucrative stint there. He stayed with the Capitals for 15 years and helped lead them to a 594-454-124 record over that time. During that span, his teams made the postseason every year but one.
Following his time in Washington, Poile continued his career with the Predators. He became the general manager during the inaugural season in 1998 and has been there ever since. His loyalty is unmatched, and it appears to be paying off. He led Nashville to the Stanley Cup Final last season for the first time. Now, with the team he has assembled, Nashville will be primed to compete for the Stanley Cup for many years to come.
This is a colossal accomplishment, and many folks from around the NHL took notice.
Win No. 1,320 makes @PredsNHL GM David Poile the winningest general manager in NHL history.
— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2018
Nashville is an elite organization and my favorite to win the Stanley Cup.
Who was the last high profile Free Agent the @PredsNHL signed?
David Poile's staff prioritzied drafting and development, and addressed organizational needs via trades.
There is a lesson in that IMO.
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) March 1, 2018
Congratulations to David Poile. Win # 1320 as an NHL General Manager, Fitting that his team won in Edmonton, where he spent many years while his dad was the Coach of the WHL Edmonton Flyers.
"Bud" would be very proud of his son.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) March 2, 2018