Deft puck handler with good vision and a dangerous shot. Needs to improve his all-around game but he has the offensive tools to grow into a depth scorer at the NHL level if all goes right.
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March 2023 – After a short stint in the Blackhawks organization, Gogolev and Chicago agreed to part ways. This allowed Gogolev to sign an AHL deal and return to the Maple Leafs organization. He was immediately reassigned to the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL, as he will be a key piece down the stretch into the playoffs. Curtis Rines
February 2023 – Gogolev has been traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in a package deal for Jake McCabe and Sam Lafferty. Gogolev has spent the majority of his season in the ECHL with the Newfoundland Growlers, where he has scored 21 goals and 48 points in 33 games. Curtis Rines
May 2022 – Gogolev entered the 2021-22 season surrounded by significant intrigue. An offensive star in the OHL, he earned an NHL contract on the back of a 13 game stint with the Marlies that saw him net six goals and six assists down the stretch in 2020-21 but he was unable to replicate that level of play early on this past season. He was relegated to fourth line duty and eventually ended up being demoted to the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL. Gogolev was able to regain some confidence against lighter competition and after tallying just eight points through 30 AHL games, he scored nine goals and 11 assists in 14 games with the Growlers. He would end up getting into one more game for the Marlies late in the season but has since returned to the ECHL where has gotten off to a productive start in the playoffs. Gogolev’s offensive tools are tantalizing but he clearly has a long way to go, especially in terms of his mobility and off-puck game, before he finds himself in consideration as an NHL option. Nick Richard
July 2021 – The Maple Leafs have signed Gogolev to a three-year, entry-level contract after he put up six goals and six assists in 13 games with the Marlies while playing on an AHL contract last season.
Gogolev went undrafted for the third time despite registering 96 points in 63 games with Guelph of the OHL in 2019-20 before signing on with the Marlies. He is a gifted offensive talent, possessing slick hands, good vision, and a heavy shot. He is able to handle the puck and execute in tight spaces, and can lure defenders towards him before finding a teammate with a crisp feed in space. His shot has proven to be lethal at lower levels, and he has the ability to release it quickly. For all of his offensive tools, Gogolev still needs to improve his play away from the puck while adding some more speed to his overall game. He is a low-risk addition for the Leafs’ organization that could potentially bring a decent reward in the coming seasons if he is able to round out his game while building upon the offensive tools he already has at his disposal. Nick Richard