Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Andy Hilbert: Crosby's New Running Mate

Andy Hilbert has moved around a lot in the past couple of seasons. He was always a good prospect and scorer at the AHL level, but a lack of skating ability and a lack of a real shot has hindered him so far.

He must feel like he's won the lottery now that he's Sidney Crosby's new linemate. Just getting out of Chi-Town, alone, must feel good.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Center Andy Hilbert will remain a winger on Sidney Crosby's line, at least for the time being.

"Yeah, I like what I saw from the way they played the last game and even the game before, when we made that move," coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday. "This is something I had in my mind for two or three weeks, how he was going to react as a winger."

Hilbert, claimed off waivers from Chicago on March 9, was shifted from center to wing during Friday night's 4-3 win over the Islanders. Hilbert, 25, had a goal against New York and an assist in Sunday night's 6-5 loss to Montreal, and has two goals and three assists in eight games since joining the Penguins.

The former second-round pick of the Bruins has 10 goals and 10 assists in 74 career NHL games with Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh.

"We're going to try different combinations because we have to make decisions," Therrien said. "We'll give an opportunity to those players. "Right now, I really like the way he fits in with Crosby and (Colby) Armstrong."
I also hope Andy, a natural centerman, can take more of the draws rather than Sidney.

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