During the Pens game on Saturday night, something caught my eye. After a long shift, the Sabres' 4th line iced the puck. When the face-off came back to our zone, Cody McCormick was set to take the face-off with Gaustad (by far our best guy on draws) out on the wing. After Cody got tossed and Gaustad stepped in, won the draw, the puck was cleared and the Sabres changed.
That got me wondering, did McCormick go in and get tossed on purpose to by the team an extra 20-25 seconds to rest? Is this a technique that is used often in games and I am just not paying enough attention?
I could not think of why else Gaustad would not be on the draw from the start..