Fantasy Impact: The Nashville Predators have acquired center Paul Gaustad and a fourth-round draft from the Buffalo Sabres for a first-round draft pick.

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The Predators get: a big centerman who is one of the best face-off men in the league. The Preds sit 23rd in that category, so obviously this is an underrated - very strong - move.


The Sabres get: a great draft pick.


Fantasy Players Impacted: This opens up ice time, particularily on the PP where Gaustad was sometimes used for his size. So any forward with offensive skill who was underused - such as Nate Gerbe, Tyler Ennis, Luke Adam, Zach Kassian, etc - will benefit. This acquisition will hurt the likes of Nick Spaling and possibly Craig Smith.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Ennis

2. Gerbe

3. Adam


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Spaling

2. Smith

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Robert Esquire said:

Good move for both teams I like this move each way. The Predators get a strong faceoff-winning center who is good on the PK.

The Sabres get another nr. 1 pick which they can deal or use since this upcoming Entry Draft is supposed to be a deep one. With their excellent scouting department, the pick should turn out to be a keeper.

You could say the Predators overpaid, but they want to win now and by pulling out all stops they are telling Weber and Suter that they are serious, so stick around. Getting them on board is worth a first rounder.
February 27, 2012
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