This will be the second candidate we will preview for the vacant GM position with the Buffalo Sabres and today’s candidate is Jim Benning. Benning is currently the assistant GM with the Boston Bruins and was a former first round pick for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Buffalo Sabres have been granted permission to interview Jim Benning and if Pat LaFontaine wants to bring a guy in with championship experience there are few better guys than Jim Benning who has helped build the Boston Bruins into a modern day dynasty and boasts a Stanley Cup Championship.
Benning spent 12 years with the Sabres where he was in charge of finding fresh talent to draft and was responsible for bringing Ryan Miller, Derek Roy, Jason Pominville, Paul Gaustad, Daniel Paille and Dennis Wideman to the Buffalo Sabres. The very successful 2005-2006 Buffalo Sabres squad was in large part put together by Mr. Benning. Think this guys has an eye for talent?
Benning has been with the Bruins for 8 seasons and has seen the team flourish as the Bruins have made it to the Conference semi-finals 4 of the last 5 seasons and the Stanley Cup Finals in 2 of the last 3. He has worked his way up the ranks to the point where when a trade is in the works Benning must sign off before said trade or signing is completed, that’s how much the Bruins respect his eye for talent.
Benning has an eye for talent and knows how to build a championship calibre team and his eye for talent is exactly what the Sabres need with their many draft picks in the next few drafts. Having Benning as the GM would have someone watching over all the rookies in the AHL, CHL and overseas and knowing the correct time to call each of them up to the NHL. He would be fantastic for the development of the Buffalo Sabres prospects and he may even help fix the Mikhail Grigorenko woes.
Jim Benning is another assistant GM who is ready to step out from the shadows and start his first gig as GM for a team and with his eye for talent finding a job shouldn’t be too difficult. Benning would be a great choice to become the next Sabres GM. He has an eye for taken both for the draft and in development and has championship success on his resume. Could Jim Benning be what the Buffalo Sabres need to take this young, rebuilding team to the next level?