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Paul Gaustad | Center

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/3/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 223
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Nashville GM David Poile still thinks highly of Paul Gaustad.
"Paul does what he does. He's a checking center, best in the league at faceoffs and penalty killing," said Poile. "To me this is the good and bad news. Paul Gaustad is way more effective when our team has a lead, way more effective on our team as a shutdown guy. Give us the leads in the third period and the leads out of the gate and I think his role is better." Gaustad still has two years left on his current deal, which carries a $3.25 million cap hit. He contributed 10 goals and 11 assists in 75 games last season. Jun 19 - 1:35 PM

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Paul Gaustad collected three points in the Nashville Predators' 7-5 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks Saturday night.

Gaustad had a goal and two assists. With one game left in the Preds' regular season, the often-injured center has 10 goals and 10 assists. Mike Fisher also had a three-point night for the Preds, all assists, giving him 29 on the season. Nashville's other goal scorers Saturday were Craig Smith (22nd), Ryan Ellis (fifth), Matt Cullen (10th), Colin Wilson (11th), Patric Hornqvist (22nd) and Shea Weber (22nd). Weber's goal was produced on a wrist shot into an empty net with 14 seconds remaining in regulation.
Apr 12 - 10:54 PM

Paul Gaustad (upper body) will be back for Saturday's game against San Jose.

Gaustad has missed six straight contests and isn't expected to play on Friday. He has 16 points and 61 penalty minutes in 70 games in 2013-14.
Apr 4 - 4:40 PM

Paul Gaustad (upper body) practiced with his teammates on Wednesday.

He is trying to come back from a concussion and will accompany the Predators on their three-game road trip. Gaustad has been out of action since Mar. 19.
Apr 3 - 12:26 PM

Paul Gaustad (upper body) isn't expected to return on Sunday.

It will be Gaustad's sixth straight game on the sidelines. He has nine goals and 16 points in 70 contests in 2013-14.
Mar 30 - 10:49 AM

Paul Gaustad (upper body) isn't traveling with the Predators anymore.

In other words, Gaustad won't play on Friday or Sunday. He was hurt during Wednesday's contest against Vancouver.
Mar 21 - 1:56 PM

Paul Gaustad sustained an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to Vancouver.

He is listed as day-to-day. The big center logged just 4:57 of ice time before he was forced to exit.
Mar 20 - 12:31 PM

Paul Gaustad scored a goal in Nashville's 4-3 shootout defeat on Saturday.

Gaustad has four points in his last seven games, which is a hot streak by his standards. He's great defensively, but has just 14 points in 57 games in 2013-14.
Feb 2 - 11:05 AM

Paul Gaustad netted a goal in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Anaheim.

His seventh marker of the season was his 200th career point in his 561st NHL appearance. Gaustad has 10 points in 45 games this season.
Jan 10 - 10:10 AM

Paul Gaustad ended his nine-game goal scoring drought on Saturday.

Gaustad has six goals and nine points in 42 games this season. He's pretty much only noteworthy among the few fantasy owners that care deeply about faceoffs as he has a 59.0 winning percentage in that regard.
Jan 5 - 10:26 AM

Paul Gaustad ranks fourth in the NHL with a 59.6 winning percentage on the draw.

Gaustad isn't on many people's fantasy radar due to his lack of offensive upside, but one thing he is known for is his success on the draw. He's won 56.4% of his faceoffs over the course of his career, but he's topped that mark in each of his previous four campaigns going into 2013-14.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Paul Gaustad wasn't feeling well over the weekend, but he was much better on Monday and practiced with his teammates.

He vomited between the second and third periods Saturday. "You just get through it as much as you can," Gaustad said. "I knew we had just one more period left, and you do your job." He has two goals and an impressive 61.3 winning percentage on 269 total faceoffs this season.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 09:07:00 AM

Paul Gaustad scored the lone goal in Predators 3-1 loss to the Avalanche Friday night.

Gaustad potted his first goal of the season in the second period but that wasn't enough for the Predators as they lost their second consecutive game. Mike Fisher and Craig Smith assisted on the goal.
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 04:58:00 AM

Paul Gaustad had successful shoulder stabilization surgery Monday.

He will need four months of rehab which will take him into August, well ahead of the start of training camp.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:07:00 AM

Paul Gaustad will have his season ending shoulder surgery Monday.

Gaustad will need four-to-six months of recovery time and he hopes to be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season. Gaustad had only five points in 23 games but did have 40 hits.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Olli Jokinen
2Mike Fisher
3Calle Jarnkrok
4Mike Ribeiro
5Colin Wilson
6Paul Gaustad
LW1Matt Cullen
2Viktor Stalberg
3Gabriel Bourque
4Simon Moser
RW1James Neal
2Craig Smith
3Eric Nystrom
4Derek Roy
5Richard Clune
D1Shea Weber
2Roman Josi
3Seth Jones
4Ryan Ellis
5Mattias Ekholm
6Anton Volchenkov
7Victor Bartley
G1Pekka Rinne
2Carter Hutton