Jim Benning will be an assistant GM no longer. There are reports that the Vancouver Canucks will hire Benning to fill their vacant GM spot. The soon to be former Boston Bruins assistant GM has been a hot name around the NHL for a few years now, and Vancouver needs something to grab positive headlines.
It was just over a month ago that the Canucks decided to do a front office rebuild firing Mike Gillis and removing John Tortorella. Current team Precedent of Hockey Operations and former Canuck Trevor Linden is looking to change the culture around this franchise.
Benning will bring scouting knowledge to the GM’s office coupled with the reunion of two former teammates this hire should get the fan base back on the good side of things. As for the on ice product time will tell if Benning is truly ready to be a NHL GM.
Vancouver finished 25th in the league with 83 points, and a -27 goal differential. If Benning hopes to turn this team around he will have a lot of work to do. Vancouver leading scorers were Henrik Sedin followed by his brother Daniel Sedin. At 33 years-old they can no longer be expected to carry the franchise on their backs.
With the sixth overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft; I’m looking for Benning to add some fire power to this depleted roster. Ryan Kesler was the leading goal scorer this season and he only had 25 goals. Benning will have his work cut out for him.