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2010-2011 Player Outlook: Paul Gaustad

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Paul Gaustad is almost an enigma when it comes to Sabres' players. Generally well liked by fans and the media, Gaustad is a solid player that usually gets 10 goals and 30 points and continues to grind away on the third and fourth lines. He also makes $2.3 million a year. When most this season were going off on Tim Kennedy and his $1 million dollar salary, the fact that Gaustad will be most relegated to fourth line duty for most of the season and making double what Kennedy is making is almost criminal. 

Gaustad is seen by many as the type of player that they want every player to be like. He doesn't mind going into the corner and fighting for the puck and is consistently the Sabres' best faceoff taker. He led the team last year at 57.2%. Although Gaustad is good at those things, it still doesn't justify the fact that he makes $2.3 million. With the signing of Rob Niedermayer, it will most likely mean that Gaustad will spend the bulk of his time on the fourth line. What does this mean for his numbers though?


Paul Gaustad

#28 / Center / Buffalo Sabres

6-4

229

Feb 03, 1982



Three Year Stats

Year GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG S S%
09-10 65 12 10 22 -7 82 3 0 1 111 10.8
08-09 62 12 17 29 4 108 3 1 1 122 9.8
07-08 82 10 26 36 -4 85 5 0 2 136 7.4
3-year avg. 70 11 18 29 -2 92 4 0 1 123 9.3

 

2010-2011 Outlook

Year GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG
2010-2011 Projected Stats 70 10 20 30 0 90 2 0

 

Gaustad will have another consistent year in that he will be one of the quieter players and continue to score 10 goals and win crucial faceoffs. His production should not decrease due to the fact that he will predominantly see fourth line ice time.