He was once a fairly highly-touted prospect in the Bruins organization. He had a fairly successful two-year stint in college with Michigan, leading the team in scoring in 2000-01.
He signed with the Bruins the following year (01-02) and ended up leading their Providence team in scoring in his rookie pro year with 26G, 27A (52P) in 72 games. He followed that up with another successful AHL season in 02-03 (35G, 35A, 70P in 64 games). Over those two seasons, he also managed to get into the Bruins lineup for a total of 20 games - six in 01-02 and then 14 games in 02-03. In that limited time, he managed one goal and three assists.
He got hurt in 2003-04, limiting him to just 19 games in Providence and 18 games in Boston. In 04-05, he played again in Providence and again led the team in scoring with 79 points (37G. 42A) in 79 games.
I think he washed out with the Boston organization because he was never really given a big chance to crack the top two lines. During his first two seasons with the Bruins, he was competing with the likes of Thornton, Glen Murray, Samsonov, Brian Rolston, Josef Stumpel, Bill Guerin, Mike Knuble, and P.J. Axelsson for top line duty. There was no way he was cracking that kind of talent. He got hurt in 2003-04, so that limited his time. And he never got the opportunity last year because of the lockout. He seems to be the type of player who needs to play a role on the top two lines, so he was probably wasted on third and fourth-line duty.
With Recchi and Leclair almost certainly on the outs (Recchi just waived his no-trade clause and appears to be heading to the Canes), he should have a spot opened up for him. Hilbert played well with Brad Boyes last year in Providence. I'd like to see what he could do playing on Crosby's wing.