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When the Vancouver Canucks hired Jim Benning as the 11th general manager in franchise history on May 21, 2014, the organization needed a fresh face.

Mike Gillis had been running the ship since 2008 and got the club to five consecutive playoff appearances that included a trip to the cup finals.

And when the team faltered in 2013-14 failing to reach the playoffs, Vancouver cut bait.

Benning’s time in Vancouver has been far from perfect, there’s no denying that. But the time has come to ask the question — has he finally fixed the Vancouver Canucks?

After only one playoff appearance since being hired, Benning has clearly taken the Canucks through a weird time. At times you could the team trying to stay relevant and contend, apparent in the choice to sign Loui Eriksson.

And while this didn’t often work in favour of the club, what has since come about are some draft picks that will forever shape the future of the franchise: Olli Juolevi, Brock Boeser Elias Pettersson, and Quinn Hughes.

The latter three have already made their impacts felt in Vancouver and are a big reason for the success Vancouver saw in the regular season pre-shutdown.

Benning has made major splashes to help his club in the last year. He brought in Tanner Pearson, J.T. Miller and Tyler Toffoli all in the last 14 months.

Those three alone have made their impacts felt in a big way for the Canucks. In net, Markstrom has developed into a solid starting goaltender as young Thatcher Demko continues to develop his game in his first full NHL season.

The promotion of Travis Green from Utica to Vancouver paid off for the Canucks as he’s done a solid job coaching the big club to a 102-104-28 record. But this season was different. Vancouver had taken one of their largest jumped compiling a 36-27-6 record and a .565 points percentage. The club had looked like they were bound for a playoff spot, and very well could still depending on how the remainder of the season plays out.

If there’s one thing that Benning has done well, it’s being patient. At times it may have been to a fault, but what’s transpired over the last two seasons could forever shape the future of the franchise.

What say you, Canucksarmy? Do you think Benning has fixed the Vancouver Canucks?

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