Daniel Paille was born in Welland, Ontario, and played for the Guelph Storm in the OHL to start out his career. He scored on a point-per-game pace throughout his OHL career, which lasted four seasons on the Storm. Paille was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, going 20th overall in the first round. He reported to the Rochester Americans in 2004-2005 and spent the better part of two seasons there. Paille made his NHL debut in the 2005-2006 NHL season, playing 14 games for the Sabres and finishing with three points. He reported to the Americans back in the AHL the following season and split the year with the Sabres and the Rochester club, playing 29 games for each team. Paille has started the 2007-2008 NHL season with the Sabres. He is a solid all-around player with no particular area of great skill. Paille skates well and plays a sound positional game for the most part, excelling in most roles put towards him by the coaches. Still, he doesn’t have any of the high end skills needed to be a star in the league and will likely be relegated to third or fourth line duties for the majority of his career. Paille lacks the size and mean streak to play as an effective power forward and isn’t fast enough to play as a speedy winger, putting him right in the middle as an average NHL forward.