(Born November 30, 1982) -- Jason Pominville wasn’t an instant star in the National Hockey League. It took him some time to become one of the Sabres’ most dependable performers.
The winger played for Shawinigan of the Quebec league in junior hockey, where he was a top 10 scorer. That caught the attention of the Sabres, who picked him in the second round in 2001.
Pomvinville arrived in Rochester in 2002, and only had 13 goals in his rookie season there. He finally arrived for Buffalo for good in 2005-06, and he had 18 goals in 57 games. The winger scored a series-clinching short-handed goal against Ottawa in the playoffs that year.
From there, Pominville became a fixture. He scored 20 goals or more in six straight seasons, capped with 34 in 2006-07.
Pominville is durable, having played in 335 straight games at one point in his career. He signed a five-year contract extension that took effect in 2009, so he should be a Sabre for a while.
--- Budd Bailey