Having lost seven in-a-row prior to the Olympic break, the Canucks are hoping to resume play on a higher note and reclaim some victories to push them back into a strong playoff position.
In an interview on Team 1040 in Vancouver, Gillis admitted that he likes his team, but injuries have impacted this group in a negative fashion.
"We need to get our players back and healthy and really running on all cylinders," Gillis said.
"I like our team when we have a full and healthy group. We haven't had that this season."
Gillis wants to acquire a center to play alongside Ryan Kesler, but the team has yet to decide whether or not they want to give up top young talent for a potential short-term fix.
"Finding a center is a tough thing to do," he said. "We would love to get another player to play with Ryan and to play on our second line and help that unit, but you have to give up an awful lot to get those things, and we're going to have to make a decision whether that's the route we're going to go."
The Canucks currently sit one point back of the final wild card position in the Western Conference and five points behind the Los Angeles Kings for third in the Pacific Division.