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U.S. GM Poile: Pominville ‘probably’ should’ve been invited to Olympic Camp

Aug 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

One of the more notable snubs from the U.S. Olympic orientation camp was Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville.

And one person acutely aware of that snub?

The guy who handed out the invites — American GM David Poile.

Poile, who addressed the media on Monday from the opening day of Team USA’s camp in Virginia, said Pominville “probably should have” been invited to camp — and that, during a lengthy meeting with the American management team, Pominville’s name was eventually “put back on the board.”

“If [Pominville] plays well enough,” Poile told the Minnesota Star-Tribune, “he’s back in the mix.”

The understanding is that Pominville will have the opportunity to play his way onto the squad from October to December (rosters are due on Dec. 31). The former Buffalo captain has plenty of offensive skill — he scored 30 goals and 72 points in 2011-12 — but will need a stellar first-half showing to crack the American forward group.

Poile alluded that a number of forwards already have a “foot in the door,” meaning they’re not quite locks but about as close as you can get.

One would assume that group features Patrick Kane, Dustin Brown, Zach Parise, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, David Backes and Bobby Ryan.

From there, it’s simply a numbers game: USA Hockey invited 24 forwards to the Virginia camp and it looks as though five to seven spots will be up for grabs.

As such, Pominville faces an uphill battle for a job.

  1. tomnickle - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    One of the best two way players in hockey might be able to play his way onto the team. Nashville has so many that David Poile must not see anything special in him. Hockey USA’s loss is every other participating squad’s gain.

  2. ejbigg - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I’m still not sure how he was left off in the first place considering some of the guys who got invites. I’m wondering if it was oversight on the part of Hockey USA because he was born in Canada. You would think they’re smarter than that but stranger things have happened…

  3. lordfletcher - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    still hate seeing Dustin Brown’s name on the list… I will never cheer for him

    • timmyp716 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Thats too bad….

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      That dirty SOB Dustin Brown is probably the reason the US squad is questioning Pominville’s status, DIRTY, REAL DIRTY PLAYER!

  4. travishenryskid - Aug 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Poile wouldn’t know a good forward if it hit him in the face. Look at the record he has with forwards in Nashville, its easily the worst in the NHL over that long stretch. Great with defense, but the results from his forward groups is awful. Only two US forwards have outscored Pominville in the past two years – Kessel and Kane. He’s been an NHL captain. He plays in all facets of the game. His exclusion by Poile is inexcusable and the people that picked him to do this job should see this as a major red flag.

    • thecheeman - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Funny. Has Pominville won something I’m forgetting that he has more ‘winner credentials’ than Poile?

  5. supercoop8 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    With notable snubs on both the American and Canadian sides you have to wonder if both camps are using a snub to motivate certain players to get to a better form.

  6. p716 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Anyone on this blog that thinks Pommer is a total hockey player has not watched him play. Point totals do not paint the total picture. He is slow, weak in the corners and misses more one timers than anyone else in the game. In summary, he is one of the most overrated players and should not be considered among the elite.

    • thecheeman - Aug 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of Sabres games but when I do Vanek jumps off the screen and then it’s a faceless mass of players.

      I’m not saying Pominville definitely does or doesn’t belong on the Olympic squad, but I agree numbers are not everything. We’re building a team not a fantasy team.

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