LATEST | A Jim Benning trade is paying off big-time: Just not for the Canucks

Published May 4, 2023 at 8:35 PM

The Jim Benning era finally came to an end when the Canucks' ownership group pulled the plug and asked Rutherford and Allvin to take over the sinking ship.

The Canucks drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 Draft, a player that would've turned into a steal had they been patient enough with him.

In January 2015, before he even had the opportunity to play a formal professional game in the Canucks' organization. They traded away Gustav Forsling to the Chicago Blackhawks in order to acquire Adam Clendening. Clendening ended up being traded 6 months later to Pittsburgh along with Nick Bonino to acquire Bradon Sutter, he ended up playing a total of 17 NHL games.

Forsling then went on quite the journey, after three seasons in the Hawks' organization, he was dealt to the Hurricanes. The Canes then left him up for grabs on waivers only for the Panthers to collect big. Forsling then took off, his role grew bigger and bigger every year until he collected 41 points in 82 games this year.

Now the reason why his name was even brought up in the first place, is due to the fact that he was the one to score the winning goal against the Leafs tonight. Allowing them to take a 2-0 lead in the series:

This brings up only one question. How could the Canucks, the Hawks, and the Canes pass on him and not see what the Panthers ended up having?

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LATEST | A Jim Benning trade is paying off big-time: Just not for the Canucks

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