The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that they have signed a three-year contract with Toronto Marlies winger Pavel Gogolev. The 21-year-old played for the OHL’s Peterborough Petes, alongside Nick Robertson and Semyon Der-Arguchintsev. Now all three are real NHL prospects.
We signed forward Pavel Gogolev for a three-year entry-level contract. #LeafsForever
– Maple Leafs de Toronto (@MapleLeafs) July 29, 2021
In addition to now being eligible for our ranking of the Top 25 Prospects Under 25 Retirement Puppets this summer, Gogolev is on his way to the NHL. Full disclosure, love Gogolev. I think he has a lot of advantages as a scoring winger with his size, his hands and his vision. All summer I desperately searched to find out what kind of contract he started last season, so this news makes it clear.
Gogolev the player
Gogo tore the AHL apart during his short stint with the Marlies at the end of last season. He has scored six goals and 12 points in just 13 games, including three power play goals and three game-winning goals on 26 shots. He shot a little high for the AHL, but the talent was there. Seriously, I’m not kidding when I tell you he was part of the vast majority of goals at the end of the season – partly because the Marlies didn’t score at all, but also because he was there. one of the rare occasions to drive. Gogolev was either making a deceptive pass in the last third of the ice, skating the puck in the transition area, or taking a hit on the top shelf.
So many strengths
Finding all of these Gogolev strengths was really easy. I just searched Twitter for #MarliesLive only from Marlies twitter account and filtered the videos. 95% of the videos I found featured Gogolev in some way. Here they are all, sit back and relax and watch # 71.
Pay particular attention to his speed, self-confidence, and ability to use his size to gain position. His backhand is sublime and he’s very good at picking up rebounds (although I wouldn’t consider him a goalie like Nylander). He also loves his slapshot, and so do I.
Forwards have a lot more time and space in the AHL to make smart passes, and Gogolev is really good at taking advantage of the space to simulate defense and make a smart pass, but he can also do it at high speed. .