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28 Paul Gaustad C
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 2/3/1982 | Birthplace: Fargo, ND, USA | Team: Nashville Predators | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/1
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3/16/2015

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH Preds' Gaustad Delivering Hits, Not Points

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Delivering Hits, Not Points

News: Paul Gaustad was held off the scoresheet for the 13th time in the past 14 games Sunday against the Ducks. However, he delivered four hits for the fourth straight game, and added two blocked shots, and won 57% of his faceoffs (12-for-21).
Analysis: As the Preds' fourth-line center, scoring is not one of Paul Gaustad's primary responsibilities. However, he does provide fantasy value in those leagues that reward more than goals and assists. He currently ranks second on the team in hits (124), sixth in blocked shots (51) and he's one of the top faceoff men in the league (.570 success rate). Give him a look if your league counts these secondary stat categories.

2/2/2015

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH Preds' Gaustad Hitting Lots, Scoring Little

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Hitting Lots, Scoring Little

News: Paul Gaustad extended his pointless streak to 12 games in Sunday's 4-0 win over Pittsburgh; however, he finished the game with a season-high six hits and won nine of 16 faceoffs.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad is not much of a scorer, but continues to deliver the bulk of his real-life value off-scoresheet. He is the Preds' leading faceoff man, and is second on the team in hits with 80. With just nine points in 41 games, he won't win you any fantasy scoring titles, but if your league counts these aforementioned secondary stat categories, you may find use for him on your roster.

1/4/2015

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH Preds' Gaustad: Assists In Three Straight

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad: Assists In Three Straight

News: Paul Gaustad picked up an assist in Saturday's 7-6 win over the Kings.
Analysis: The center now has assists in each of his last three games, but it should probably be viewed as an aberration from the norm. As a third- or fourth-liner, Paul Gaustad is tasked primarily with winning faceoffs and delivering checks. Any offense he provides is just icing on the cake, and certainly not expected.

12/28/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds Activate Gaustad (Lower Body)

News: Paul Gaustad (lower body) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Flyers. He ended up skating 15:17 in a 4-1 victory.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad didn't attempt any shots in his return from the six-game absence, but did win 12 of his 19 faceoffs. That's essentially the only area the fourth-line center offers much value, as he's not an especially willing hitter.

12/19/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad (Lower Body) Placed On IR

News: Paul Gaustad (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad has already missed three games with the lower-body injury and hasn't seemed to demonstrate many signs of progress. Viktor Stalberg was recalled from AHL Milwaukee to function as an extra forward for the Predators.

12/14/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad To Miss Another Saturday

News: Paul Gaustad (lower body) will likely remain out for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad wasn't present for the team's morning skate, so it's probably safe to assume he'll miss his second straight contest. Derek Roy once again takes his spot on the Preds' fourth line.

12/11/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Not Expected To Play Thursday

News: Paul Gaustad (lower body) isn't expected to play Thursday against the Coyotes.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad didn't practice Wednesday after aggravating a lower-body injury Tuesday night, likely making him unavailable for the game. Fortunately, it appears the previously injured Derek Roy (upper body) is back to full health, so he could be called upon to center the fourth line for the Predators.

12/10/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Aggravates Injury In Return

News: Paul Gaustad left Tuesday's win over the Avalanche with a lower-body injury and didn't return, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad returned to action Tuesday following a two-game absence due to a lower-body ailment, but it didn't take him long to aggravate the injury. He saw just 48 seconds of action before the Predators decided to keep him in the locker room for the rest of the night. It appears the team is viewing him as day-to-day for the time being.

12/9/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Slated To Return

News: Paul Gaustad (lower body) is slated to return Tuesday versus the Avalanche, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad had missed the previous two games due to injury, but looks to be good to go after he participated fully during the Preds' morning skate. He will center a fourth line that includes Eric Nystrom and Gabriel Bourque.

12/4/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Out Thursday

News: Paul Gaustad will miss Thursday's game with a lower-body injury.
Analysis: The Predators are labeling Paul Gaustad day-to-day with the injury. It's not known how the injury was acquired or how the fourth line will shape up in his absence.

12/2/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH Preds' Gaustad Toiling On Fourth Line

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Toiling On Fourth Line

News: Paul Gaustad failed to register a point in Saturday's 2-1 win over Columbus, extending his current scoring drought to five consecutive games. He has just one goal and five assists on the season thus far.
Analysis: With the recent return of Mike Fisher from a ruptured Achilles, the outlook doesn't get any brighter for Paul Gaustad, who effectively becomes the team's fourth-line center. As such, Gaustad will be expected to kill penalties, win faceoffs and help shut down opposing teams' best forwards -- none of which offers much fantasy value in most standard formats. Go with another option if you have one.

11/19/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Assists Twice, Fights Twice

News: Paul Gaustad tallied a pair of assists and engaged in a pair of fights, racking up 10 PIM and a plus-1 rating, in Tuesday's 9-2 rout of Toronto.
Analysis: The points were his first since Oct. 11 -- the second game of the season -- but Paul Gaustad failed to put a single shot on goal for the seventh consecutive game. He's literally forced opposing netminders to make two saves in the month of November, and they both came in the first game of the month.

11/11/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH Preds' Gaustad Struggling To Add Offense

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Struggling To Add Offense

News: After registering a goal and three assists in his first two games of the season, Paul Gaustad has since gone pointless in 12 consecutive games.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad is currently filling a fourth-line role for the Preds, and skated a season-low 8:02 against the Jets earlier this month. Gaustad does not see any power-play time and has failed to register a single shot on goal in his last three games. Bottom line, all this amounts to very little by way of fantasy value for Gaustad in all but the deepest of formats. Avoid.

10/11/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Does It All In Win

News: Paul Gaustad scored the game-winning goal, picked up an assist, got in a fight, and was a plus-3 in Saturday's win over Dallas.
Analysis: A great outing from Paul Gaustad, who is now up to four points in two games this season, to go with a plus-5 rating. As Nashville's fourth-line center, Gaustad doesn't play on the power play and isn't seen as a big offensive contributor. The 32-year-old did score 10 goals last season though, and could be valuable in some very deep leagues.

10/2/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Returns To Practice

News: Paul Gaustad (upper body) returned to practice Thursday, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's practice, but seems to be OK after taking a few days off. He centered Rich Clune and Eric Nystrom on the fourth line at Sunday's practice, and he's expected to serve in that capacity when the regular season begins Oct. 9.

9/30/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Suffers Injury In Practice

News: Paul Gaustad left Tuesday's practice with an upper-body injury, The Tennessean's Eric Stromgren reports.
Analysis: No word yet on the severity of the injury, so consider him day-to-day for now. When healthy, Paul Gaustad is normally the Preds' third- or fourth-line center, meaning he only possesses fantasy value in deeper formats.

4/6/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Returns To Action Saturday

News: Paul Gaustad (concussion) returned to the ice Saturday against the Sharks.
Analysis: The forward logged 15:53 of ice time in his return to action, recording six hits. He missed the previous five games with concussion symptoms.

4/4/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Predators' Gaustad Out Friday

News: Paul Gaustad (concussion) will not play in Friday's game against the Ducks, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad will miss his seventh consecutive game as he deals with concussion symptoms, however, he is expected to return to action Saturday against the Sharks.

4/3/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Practices Wednesday

News: Paul Gaustad (concussion) took part in Wednesday's practice, Chip Cirillo of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad will join the team on its upcoming three-game road trip, but coach Barry Trotz wasn't certain about him being available during the stretch of games. The Predators will likely gauge how Gaustad is feeling after the team completes its first game of the road trip before determining if the forward can suit up for the final two contests.

5:42 PM

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Out Sunday

News: Paul Gaustad (upper body) is not playing in Sunday's game against the Capitals.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad and teammate Patrick Eaves have both been out since March 19 with upper-body injuries, and it's unclear when either player will return.

3/28/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Out Friday

News: Paul Gaustad will not play in Friday's game against the Stars, The Tennessean's Joshua Cooper reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad hasn't played since Mar. 19 but remains day-to-day.

3/27/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Out Thursday

News: Paul Gaustad is not in Thursday's lineup, The Tennessean's Nick Cole reports.
Analysis: As expected, the trio of Paul Gaustad, Seth Jones (head) and Patrick Eaves (undisclosed) will miss another game for the Preds.

3/25/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Sidelined

News: Paul Gaustad (upper body) will not play Tuesday against Colorado, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad, who will probably miss Thursday's game against the Sabres as well, last suited up on March 19. With 16 points and 61 PIM in 70 games though, his fantasy value is marginal these days.

3/19/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Preds' Gaustad Exits Wednesday With Injury

News: Paul Gaustad left Wednesday's game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury and will not return, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Paul Gaustad skated on only five shifts before departing with the injury. With only 16 points in 69 games, Gaustad isn't necessarily a frontline offensive talent for the Predators, but his potential absence would hurt at this stage of the season with the team fighting to get back in the playoff picture.

3/11/2014

Paul Gaustad, C, NSH

Paul Gaustad

Goal, 17 PIM for Preds' Gaustad

News: Paul Gaustad scored an empty-net goal, went plus-1 and posted 17 PIM in Tuesday's win over the Sabres.
Analysis: Ah, the ol' guy-playing-against-his-old-team boost. Well, it was an empty-netter, but hey. It was Paul Gaustad's first goal since Feb. 1, with eight wholly scoreless games in between.