The NHL draft is today and we’ve got some more draft profiles coming your way! A possible selection for the Calgary Flames could be Pavel Gogolev.
The 2018 NHL Draft is today! The Calgary Flames may not have a draft pick in the first round but we can still get excited. Since they don’t have a pick until the fourth round and GM Brad Treliving has made it clear that they most likely won’t be trading for a first-round pick, we don’t really get a lot of fun until the second day of the draft on Saturday.
With the Flames not having a pick until the fourth-round, there are some late draft options that could potentially drop down to the fourth round. Let’s check out another!
Today, let’s look at LW Pavel Gogolev.
Who is Pavel Gogolev?
Name: Pavel Gogolev
Birthplace: Moskva, Russia
Height: 6’1” / 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg / 174 lbs
Team: Peterborough Petes
Stats from 2017-2018
Stats with Peterborough Petes, regular season (from eliteprospects.com):
Stats with WHC-17:
- Round 1, #8 overall: Peterborough Petes, OHL Priority Selection
Rankings for 2018 NHL Entry Draft
- #74 by McKeen’s Hockey
- #76 Hockey Draft Central
- #79 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
- #85 by Future Considerations
- #119 by ISS Hockey
- #158 by Hockey Prospect
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At 6’ tall, Gogolev has the frame in which to build on. Despite his 168 pounds, he is deceptively strong at the necessities such as being strong on the puck, battling for pucks and puck protection although he was fighting to find some consistency in those areas earlier in the season.
Gogolev is a dynamic offensive threat especially on the powerplay where he has more time and space. He has shown to have some very good vision and playmaking abilities although that isn’t reflected in his assist totals. He is a smart player and understands how to provide support and make himself available especially for short passes, which is becoming increasingly important in today’s game. He has an excellent shot with a very good release.
When Gogolev applies himself, he can change the outcome of a game single-handedly. He possesses very good puck skills, even when at top speed. And he is a very good skater with excellent speed. At times, he will drive the net with that speed and puck ability. Continuing to find his consistency and an increase in his overall work ethic – or specifically, applying himself from shift-to-shift, is what will make him successful. If he fails to find that, I’m not sure if Gogolev can project as anything but a goal scorer at the next level (Dominic Tiano, OHL Writers).
Growing up in Russia, Gogolev said hockey was something he did for fun and his love of the game not as a vehicle to the NHL.
“When I moved to Canada that’s when I started to take it serious and it became my goal to make it to the NHL,” Gogolev said.
“I’m definitely hoping to get drafted but I’m telling everybody, like my family who are really excited for me, that it’s of course an exciting moment but the most important thing is training camp. It doesn’t matter if you get drafted or don’t get drafted, it’s most important whether you’re going to show up at training camp.”
Gogolev is excited to share the experience with teammates.
“I’m really happy for Declan Chisholm and Semyon,” he said. “It’s an exciting moment for everyone.”
In the Petes’ final game of the regular season in which they failed to qualify for the post-season, Gogolev notched a hat-trick and four points in the Petes’ 8-4 win over the Oshawa Generals. That was his third hat trick of the season and third in three months.
What can he bring to the Flames?
Pavel Gogolev seems like a bit of a Micheal Ferland if you want to compare him to someone familiar. Consistency issues, finding his game as the season progresses, good vision, and a good release? That’s Ferland 2.0.
Like anybody getting drafted in a later round, it’s hard to know where they’ll end up. Like Dominic Tiano mentioned, if he can’t find his consistency, he may not ever make it to the NHL level. It’s unfortunate that the Petes couldn’t make the playoffs. Gogolev really started to find his game later on in the season and could have maybe had a higher draft projection if he had more time to showcase his abilities. Three hat tricks in the final three months of the season isn’t too shabby.
While he had an overall great improvement over his rookie season with the Petes, it still wasn’t overly spectacular. But again, like every single one of these guys, he’s still young and can find his game. He may not ever be the most consistent goal scorer, but he can still be a dependable bottom-six goal scorer.
Let’s check out some of his highlights:
It’s hard to tell if he’ll make the NHL level any time soon, but only time will tell. He will most likely spend the next couple seasons in the OHL where he can further develop. If we don’t see much development, he may be stuck at the minor level. But for right now, he seems like he could be a safe fourth-round option.