This is Colby Armstrong. He was a first round pick by the Penguins in 2001 (I’d hoped EDM would take him, but that fool Prendergast drafted Ales Hemsky instead) who took forever to make it to the NHL (251 AHL games).
Since making it to the show, Armstrong has impressed with his physical style and two-way play. He’s also put up some offense but I seem to recall him playing quite a bit with Crosby in 05-06 (40 points in 47gp).
This season is not going well for him. In a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Nov. 6) Rob Rossi wrote: “Right wing Colby Armstrong rented the comedy “Super Bad” on his off-day Sunday to take his mind off recent struggles. He has not scored since Oct. 6 and did not dress for a second consecutive game, against New Jersey on Tuesday. “It is not like we have lost confidence in him. I like the player,” coach Michel Therrien said. “He has to get his nose dirty and play hard. That is when Colby Armstrong is at his best.” Therrien said Armstrong had to “wait his turn” before returning to the lineup.
Armstrong played 12:48 on November 8th (against NYR, -1) and has played exactly 2 of the Pens’ 5 November games. He appears to be battling Jarku Ruutu and Tyler Kennedy for playing time and lately he’s been losing.
I’m wondering if the Oilers might consider dealing for him. He has some grit, is young enough at 24 to have a future and yet does have more NHL experience (140 games) than most of the youngsters trying to find their way on the Oiler roster.
An obvious choice to go the other way is Marc Pouliot, who played some of his junior career with the great Crosby.