No new car. No $20,000 monetary donation made to the charity of his choice.

Those were the perks to go with being the last pick during the NHL All-Star draft on Thursday — bonuses that went to San Jose's Logan Couture and not Jason Pominville, although the Buffalo Sabres' captain was in the running for being the last of the 38 players chosen in the draft.

Pominville, the Sabres' leading scorer with 47 points in 49 games, was selected 36th overall (third-to-last player taken) during the draft by Team Alfredsson. The final four picks, all forwards, included Pominville, Couture, Boston's Tyler Seguin and Dallas' Jamie Benn.

"I'll have to fly back home, I won't drive," Pominville quipped in an interview posted at

Pominville, a first-time all-star, still had fun as the event opened the All-Star weekend for the second straight year the NHL has had team captains draft players.

"It was a fun night," said Pominville. "I think being able to be here and having a chance to meet the guys is a nice opportunity. The pick? It is what it is. You're waiting there for your name to come out. I think it's more the fans to have fun and the players just really don't care that much. It's going to be a fun weekend and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Pominville's all-star teammate, Daniel Alfredsson, stuck close to home — both his native Sweden and his adopted home of Ottawa — in making his selections in the NHL All-Star draft.

His opposing team captain, defenseman Zdeno Chara, took a more offensive approach as the two rosters — Team Alfredsson and Team Chara — were formed. They will face each other in the skills competition on Saturday and the All-Star game on Sunday.