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by Erin Pollina / Buffalo Sabres
  Paul Gaustad Highlights

[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.
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