We highlight Predators forward Paul Gaustad in today’s installment of our “Top 3 Goals” series.
Paul Gaustad is Nashville’s fourth-line center and face-off specialist. Gaustad posted 21 points last season with 10 goals and 11 assists. Gaustad is known for his face-off skills, where last season he had a 58 FO%.
Paul Gaustad is one of General Manager David Poile’s highly-prized “grit” players that is quite frankly overpaid in most people’s eyes for his fourth-line duties and penalty-killing specialties. Gaustad has a cap-hit of $3.25 million until the end of the 2015-2016 season.
Here are the top three goals scored by Paul Gaustad last season:
Goal #3: Last-minute heroics from Gaustad
Analysis: Not the prettiest of goals but a very meaningful one. Down one-goal with under a minute left in the game and Gaustad was simply in the right place at the right time for this one. Awesome fight from the whole team and Gaustad to net the game tying goal past goalie Tim Thomas.
Goal #2: The great pass from Craig Smith then the quick-wrister to beat Antti Rannta
Analysis: The beauty of a backhand pass from Craig Smith to find Gaustad in the slot to zip one past Raanta, got to love those. You especially have to love this goal as it helped the Predators beat Chicago in that crazy, high scoring game late in the year in Smashville.
Goal #1: The hesitation to beat Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen
Analysis: This one’s a beauty. Great patience by Gaustad as he holds off from firing the puck and baiting Lehtonen out of the net for the easy goal. There’s that offensive talent you love to see from the face-off specialist “grinder”.
Keep a lookout tomorrow as we rank Matt Cullen’s top three goals from a year ago.