[Editor's Note: Stat Count highlights the Buffalo Sabres accomplishments on the ice in the 2007-08 season. Each week, Stat Count will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week centers on forward Paul Gaustad]
Hits accumulated by Gaustad in 2007-08, ranking him first on the Sabres and 13th in the league for collisions. Gaustad finished behind Ottawa’s Chris Neil (12th – 204 hits) while Los Angeles’ Dustin Brown led the league with 311 hits. In 2006-07 Gaustad was ranked 97th in the NHL, amassing 105 hits.
Penalty minutes recorded in the season, ranking him second on the team behind only enforcer Andrew Peters (100 PIM) for a career-high. Gaustad sat in the box for 25 minors, 5 fighting majors and a 10-minute misconduct he earned Nov. 5 against Montreal. Last season he accumulated 74 penalty minutes and in 2005-06 he recorded 65 minutes.
Games played in the 2007-08 regular season. Gaustad was one of only four members on the Buffalo Sabres to participate in every contest along with Toni Lydman, Jason Pominville
and Thomas Vanek
. This year marked the first time Gaustad completed the feat in his NHL career, recording 54 games in 2006-07 and 78 games in 2005-06.
Percent of faceoffs won by Gaustad throughout the course of the season, leading all Buffalo centerman (Derek Roy
finished second on the squad with a 51.2 percentage). Gaustad ranked 17th in the NHL in the category, winning 640 draws on 1,165 attempts. His best night on puck possession came on Feb. 6 when Gaustad won 10 of 12 faceoffs for an 83 percent success-rate against the New Jersey Devils.
Percent of goals Gaustad scored came on the power play. Gaustad scored five goals with the man-advantage, acting as Buffalo’s front man on special teams. He added three helpers on the power play as well in 2007-08.
Points collected by the forward in his third season with the team, marking career-highs in overall scoring, goals (10) and assists (26). Gaustad tallied 22 points (9+13) in 2006-07 and 24 points (9+15) in 2005-06.
Times the Fargo, ND native recorded more than 20 minutes of ice time in a game. Gaustad played 22:57 on Dec. 22 in Philadelphia for a season-high and averaged 17:09 minutes per game in the 2007-08 campaign. Gaustad never broke the 20-minute mark last season, with the most ice-time coming on Jan. 6, 2007 in Toronto when he logged 19:09 minutes.