Hilbert knows his best bet to stay in the NHL is to be productive with Crosby. This guy truly has a nose for the net , from what I've seen in the AHL. You also always need guys that can really can take/win draws on the top line wing too.
IMHO he was largely missused in Chicago and maligned for demanding a one way contract from Boston. I was pleasantly surprised that CP gave him a shot. I figured he was a don't touch, problem, waiver labeled guy by the old gaurd.
If he keeps his head screwed on right, continues to work hard, doesn't tick off management here in negotiations, he will be around for next year. Possibly many more. If not, his window of NHL oppurtunity is closing. He seems to understand that. Reminds me of Langer as a CP solid reclaimation project.