4/5/09

Do I want Doug Weight, Andy Hilbert Back? No

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/05/2009 11:42:00 AM
I know a lot of folks respect Doug Weight's career and what he did earlier this season, so do I.

Weight is a winner and will do anything to help a club advance.

Having written that he is not the right player at even strength and he is not the right player to hold a spot for when a twenty goal scorer who can produce at even strength is what this team needs more.

He is also not the right player to take Kyle Okposo's spot on the first powerplay point anymore if Scott Gordon wants Okopso's in that spot which I disagree with.

Weight proved he can still obviously play in this league, but he's not the right player for a team that needs even strength scoring.

Sure Bailey could be sent down to start next season if he has a poor start but right now on paper Nielsen, Bailey and if it's Tavares or Matt Duchene (a center) should be the three centers here unless he goes back to Brampton.

Even if the Isles draft Hedman on defense I would absolutely move on from Weight, who at best is a third line center who only produces on the powerplay point.

I'm well aware you need veterans on the roster but the depth chart says the opening is at right wing, if you want to pull in a prospects minutes and go veteran with a center he has to be a first line franchise scoring center.

For Andy Hilbert what can I write that I have not written all season? He's an excellent player in every area but finishing. Islanders have too many of that kind of player locked up (Park-Jackman) or needing to play someone who will struggle with numbers but has more offensive potential.

This is why Tomas Marcinko, Jesse Joensuu, Robin Figren and a lot of other talented prospects were signed with many more getting close to leaving or finishing college.

It goes without writing it this also applies to Mike Sillinger who's time here should be over regardless of his health.







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