Paul Gaustad Season Review: Too much money for a faceoff specialist

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

If his paychecks were a little smaller, we'd probably be singing a different tune.

The Stats

GP Goals Assists Points +/- PIM Shoot %
75 10 11 21 -6 61 13.5
5-5 Pts/60 CF% CF% rel Sh% Sv% PDO Pen +/- per 60
1.18 44.50% -4.9% 6.60% 91.80% 98.4 -0.4

Season Summary

Paul Gaustad did everything he needed to do as a hockey player this season. His point production was more or less on par with his average career numbers and his 58.0 faceoff percentage was fourth in the entire league. However, was one of the absolute worst possession players at even strength. Gaustad also didn't fare too well starting most of his shifts in the defensive zone against weak competition. That's pretty much a day in the life of a fourth liner, except that Goose is making an absurd amount of money. Though it may not be fair, big things are expected of those with big bank accounts, and Gaustad's paycheck does not match his skill set. Fair or not, that's the brunt of it.

Highlight Moment

With the net empty and the extra attacker on, Gaustad uses his gigantic frame to battle and camp out in front of the net. After a mad scramble, Goose finds a loose puck and knocks it past Tim Thomas to tie the game with 47.1 seconds left. The Predators would eventually lose the game in a shootout because of course.

The Road Ahead

The Predators still have one compliance buyout remaining. (The first was used on Hal Gill.) With how much of the roster is coming back next season, the front office should seriously consider using it on Gaustad. Even though he's a wizard at the dot, do the Preds really want to pay an average of $3.5 million to a faceoff specialist? Not only would it free up some salary for free agents, it allows space for those free agents to actually suit up.

Regardless of if he goes anywhere or not, what we saw this season is exactly what to expect from him. Anything else is unrealistic. There hasn't been any talk or indication a buyout is even a possibility, but if David Poile is serious about lighting a fire under his team it should be. He rectified his mistake with Matt Hendricks, and has the chance to do the same with the contact he gave Gaustad. There's still no getting that first round pick back, though...

OTF Staff Grades

Dirk C
Jon C
Jason C
George C
Jeremy B
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker