The lockout shortened 2012/13 season saw Pominville start out the season for german team Mannheim Eagles, lured there by Jochen Hecht and longtime friend Yanick Lehoux. After scoring 5+7 in 7 games the lockout ended and he came back to Buffalo ready to build on his 2011/12 NHL All-Star campaign. After scoring 10+15 in the first 37 games he found himself traded to the Minnesota Wild where he finished the regular season with 9 points in 10 games. He was voted 8th for the Lady Byng Trophy and 31th for the Selke Trophy that summer, after unfortunately missing all but two of his teams playoff games due to injury.
This card here is really the perfect one for his 2012/13 season. While pictured in the Minnesota Wild colors, the piece of game-used letter in the card is from his 2005/06 rookie season playing for the team he this season got traded from.
Now this card i do like real much. Not becouse it’s very rare and flashy, but becouse it’s the only auto of Pominville dressed in Rochester Americans gear. A few years ago a thought hit me regarding some fans critique about his choice to play for the USA internationally: Not only is his mother obviously american which is the technical reason that it was even possible, but also i cant help but wonder if his 3+ years playing in Rochesters highly American uniforms had something to do with it as well. It was after all there he fought for so long to make his dream of making the NHL come true. I can see it being the case, and as he himself once said, he feels like both Canadian and American.
This card is from the 2005/06 season when he scored 19 goals in the first 18 games of the AHL schedule, after which he was promoted to the Sabres for good.
Jason Pominville of the Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Rochester Americans and Shawinigan Cataractes