Jan 13, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville (29) during play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Maple Leafs 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

NHL All Star: Jason Pominville

Jan 13, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

 One of the bright spots on the season for the Buffalo Sabres has been right wing Jason Pominville. 

 
Through 49 games Pominville has 17 goals (2nd – team), 30 Assists (1st – Team), and 47 points (1st – team).  7 of his goals have come from specialty unit play (6PP, 1SH).  He has 8 penalty minutes. 
 
He was named Captain of the Buffalo Sabres in Eurpoe just before the season started.  Drafted 55th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, Pominville is part of the core group of guys on this team that have grown up together through Rochester and now play together in Buffalo.  
 
This will be Jason’s first trip to the NHL All Star game.  He was a QMJHL First Team All Star in 2002, and was awared the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy as the QMJHL’s most gentlemanly player in the same year. 
 

It will be interesting with the “draft” format of the current All Star game format to see where Pominville is selected and by whom. 

This year’s all star squads are captained by Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) and Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators).  Both hated rivals of the Buffalo Sabres, both on the ice as players and from the teams they represent.  A look at the 2012 NHL All Star Mock Draft from Bleacher Report, Jason Pominville will end up on Team Alfredsson, being selected somewhere in the middle of the pack – around pick number 25

Pominville deserves to be at the All Star event, a bright spot on a dark season for the Buffalo Sabres.  While his leadership might be called into question – as he not the prototypical type of captain the Sabres are used t0 – his offensive prowess deserves to be showcased during the MidSeason classic. 

All Star Weekend starts this afternoon, as the Trophy Procession begins festivities.  The Stanley Cup, Hart Memorial, Conn Smythe, and Vezina Trophy will be on hand to open up the NHL Fan Fair. 

The Fan Fair is a three-day long event at the Rideau Canal Skateway.  And will feautre interactive displays, broadcasts, and special guests. 

The rest of the schedule can be found here, and include an Energizer Night Skate, a Junior Skills competition, the All Star Competition, and the actual All Star Game on Jan 29th at 4PM.