Paul Gaustad
HEIGHT: 6' 5"
BIRTHDATE: 02/03/1982
DRAFTED: BUF: 2000-220 overall
2014-15: Ranked seventh in the NHL in face-off efficiency (56.4 percent), the sixth consecutive season he’s ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category… Ranked fifth in the League in road face-off efficiency (58.9 percent), and fourth in shorthanded draws won (127)… Ranked second on the team and first among club forwards in hits (143)... Set a career high in blocked shots (58)... Led the team in penalty minutes (60). PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of Nashville’s postseason contests, leading the club in penalty minutes (22)… Ranked eighth among all skaters in face-off efficiency (56 percent).

Ranked fourth in the NHL in face-off efficiency (58 percent), the fifth consecutive season he’s ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category… Ranked third in the League in road face-off winning percentage (57.4) and fifth in shorthanded draws won (128)… Hit double digits in goals for the fifth time in his career, with seven of his 10 goals coming on the road… Set career highs in shooting percentage (13.5) face-offs taken (1,200), face-offs won (696) and blocked shots (55)… Led Nashville forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (2:28)… Registered his 200th career point with a goal on Jan. 9 vs. Anaheim… Nashville’s nominee for the 2014 Masterton Trophy.

Ranked third in the NHL in face-off efficiency (57.7%), the fourth straight season he’s ranked among the League’s Top 10 in the category… Ranked second in even-strength face-off efficiency (59.9%) and home face-off winning percentage (62%)… Ranked 19th among League forwards in average shorthanded ice time (2:24)… Notched his first multi-point/assist performance as a Predator on Feb. 5 at St. Louis, played in his 500th career game two nights later on Feb. 7 vs. Los Angeles, then scored his first regular-season goal as a Predator and recorded his 600th career penalty minute two nights after that on Feb. 9 at Minnesota… Missed 25 games - including the final 10 of the regular season - due to injury.

2011-12: Ranked sixth in the NHL in face-off efficiency (57.3%)… Tied a career high in game-winning goals (3)… Ranked ninth among League forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (2:45)… Recorded an assist in his Predators debut on March 3 at Florida... Missed 12 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Ranked seventh in postseason face-off efficiency (60.1%)… His first goal as a Predator was Nashville’s first goal of the 2012 Playoffs in a 3-2 win over Detroit in Game One of the WCQ… Led all skaters in average shorthanded ice time (2:55) during the playoffs.

CAREER NOTES: Ranked third in the NHL in face-off percentage (59.8%) in 2010-11… Tied a career high in goals (12) for the third consecutive season and set a career high in game-winning goals (3) in 2010-11… Ranked second on the 2010-11 Sabres in penalty minutes (101)… Recorded his 100th career assist on April 9, 2011 at Columbus… Ranked 10th in 2011 playoff face-off efficiency (54.9%)… Represented the United States for the first time in international competition at the 2011 World Championships… Ranked sixth in the NHL in face-off winning percentage (57.4) in 2009-10… Set career highs in goals (12) and penalty minutes (108) in 2008-09… Scored his first and only career shorthanded goal on March 4, 2009 vs. Montreal… Notched his 100th career point on Feb. 21, 2009 at NY Rangers… Posted career highs in points (36) and assists (26) in 2007-08… Played in all 82 regular-season contests for the first time in his career in 2007-08… One of just four NHL forwards to amass more than 150 hits (199) and 40 blocked shots (48) in 2007-08, recording career highs in both categories… Posted career highs in shots (137), power-play goals (5) and average ice time (17:09) in 2007-08… Set a personal best in plus/minus rating (+11) in 2006-07… Ranked fourth among rookie forwards in hits (126) and fifth in blocked shots (41) in 2005-06… Tied for second in games played by a rookie (18) during Buffalo’s run to the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals… Ranked second among rookies in hits (38) during the 2006 playoffs… Helped the Rochester American’s to the AHL’s best regular-season record (51-19-4-6, 112pts) in 2004-05… Tied for the Rochester team lead in goals (5) and points (11) during the 2005 AHL playoffs… Ranked second on 2003-04 Amerks in penalty minutes (169)… Tied for eighth in the 2003 AHL playoffs in assists (10)… Tied for eighth in AHL rookie points (53) and second in assists (39) in 2002-03… The lone Rochester player to appear in all 80 games in 2002-03… Named Rochester’s 2003 Unsung Hero and the Booster Club’s 2003 Most Improved Player.

AMATEUR: Spent all three seasons of his junior career with his hometown Portland Winterhawks (WHL), recording 135 points (53g-82a) and 480 penalty minutes in 198 games… Voted team MVP by his teammates in 2002-03… Fired the hardest shot in the history of the Winterhawks’ Skills Challenge in the 2001 event (97 MPH)… 2001 Western Conference nominee for WHL Humanitarian of the Year in part because of his work with Emmanuel Children’s Hospital… Finished second in playoff goals per game (.625) during the 2001 postseason, helping Portland win the Western Conference and advance to the WHL Final… Tied for ninth in the 2001 WHL playoffs in points (10g-6a-16pts)… Named Portland’s 2000 Scholastic Player and a finalist for the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year Award.

BACKGROUND: Nickname “Goose”… Sold “The Goose is Loose” hats on to benefit Camp Good Day during his time in Buffalo, and is looking to partner with a charity in Nashville to continue his outreach… Lists advancing to the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals with Buffalo as his biggest hockey accomplishment… Spends his summers in his hometown of Portland, Ore… His first car was a 1979 Golf Rabbit. It was pea green, and a four-speed with no power steering.

Feb. 27, 2012 – Acquired along with a fourth-round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft from Buffalo for a first-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft (traded to Calgary; Calgary selected Mark Jankowski)… June 25, 2000 – Buffalo’s sixth selection, 220th overall (seventh round), in the 2000 Entry Draft.