In this edition of On The Roster we will focus on Nashville Predators forward Paul Gaustad .
Gaustad come to Nashville via a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. Feb. 27, 2012 – Acquired along with a fourth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Buffalo for a first-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft
Number: 28, Height: 6′ 5“, Weight: 223, Born: Feb 3, 1982 (Age 31), Birthplace: Fargo, ND, United States
Gaustad is not a goal scorer. His main purpose is winning face-offs.
Ranked third in the NHL in face-off efficiency (57.7%), the fourth straight season he’s ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category… Ranked second in even-strength face-off efficiency (59.9%) and home face-off winning percentage (62%).(predators.nhlcom)
When on the ice, Gaustad is known for his teamwork and gritty play. That style of play has made him a popular favorite among fans. You will often find him in front of the net deflect the puck. Because of this ability, Gaustad will often plays on the power play unit.
Career Regular Season Numbers
Goals: 73 , Assists: 117, PIM: 611, +/-: 13
What To Expect
I would look for a typical Paul Gaustad year; around 20-25 points, and 80 PIM. A successful season for Gaustad is face off numbers around 52%. With a player like Gaustad what you see on paper is what you get. He will work hard, and seldom gives up on his team.