He did trade away Kyle Quincey for a first round pick. One of the best swindles in recent memory.
He played intermediary, effectively trading Steve Downie for a 1st.
Also, he put together Canada for the 2010 Olympics, coming off the disastrous team they assembled for the 2006 games.
Anyone can look and see that the 2006 Canadian team was terribly selected. It is not difficult to put together an excellent roster of Canadian players; Yzerman simply took the best scoring talent available and used it. Brian Burke, meanwhile, put together an American roster in 2010 that very nearly won the gold despite Canada having far more hockey talent than the USA does. Does this mean to you that he is a better NHL GM than Yzerman?
I still wish he was in Detroit and ready to take over Holland's duties.
I think that the people who consider him some sort of savior are deluding themselves. Holland is still his better at this stage.