One of the newest additions to the Sabre' organization is Jason Pominville. He has been one of the team's more consistent forwards as the 23 year old centre from Quebec has nine points in his last nine games. The rash of injuries to the Sabres has vaulted Pominville into the NHL spotlight. After three successful campaigns with the Rochester Americans he is finally getting a chance to show what he can do. Pominville has been used in all situations. He is tied for the team lead in short handed goals with two has another seven on the PP and has even contributed two game winning goals thus far. Mckeen's had a chance to catch up with Jason before the Olympic break and ask him about his season so far.
McKeen's: What a difference a month can make are you surprised at your recent offensive break out?
Jason Pominville: For me I think it is all confidence I have been called up before and I haven't really had the chance to play as much as I have now but once you get going you would be amazed at how much confidence is a factor. I have been put in key situations and hopefully I can keep on helping this team.
McKeen's: Is there anything you are doing differently?
Jason Pominville: Not really, for me it is trying to keep it simple. Every night I feel I have to prove myself out on the ice and give it my best and I can only hope that I make a contribution for the good of the team.
McKeen's: What areas of your game have you noticed you have improved on and what areas still need a little work?
Jason Pominville: I want to improve every facet in my game; I strive to be the best possible player I can be. They have been putting me in penalty killing situations and I am happy with the time there so I can learn from my experience. They have been using me on defence on the power play as well, so opportunities to improve my defensive game, which I think will help me a long way into becoming a more rounded NHL'er.
McKeen's: Has Lindy Ruff worked with you on anything specific or given you advice as to the type of player he wants you to be for this team?
Jason Pominville: I have always been the one to score a few goals which I have done. He has spoken to me about my defensive game and I have been more aware of my positioning on the ice while still being able to chip in offensively which helps us win hockey games so he has been pleased with my performance and continues to use me when necessary.
McKeen's: What are some of the goals you had coming into this season?
Jason Pominville: Coming into this season I had sustained a leg injury the year before, I broke my right fibula so I wanted to prove to myself that I could come back and have a good start. Overall I think I had a pretty good training camp I was unfortunately sent down but I remained positive and did what I had to do to work my way up and hopefully I can stick.
McKeen's: Who are some of the guys you have formed a bond with and hang out outside of the rink?
Jason Pominville: Being a French guy the first guys I went to is J.P. (Dumont), Danny (Briere) and Marty (Biron). When I was first called up and I didn't know the guys so it was a period of adjustment but being here for a little while and able to help the club, the guys have been awesome and have helped me a lot and made me feel like a part of this team.