The Toronto Marlies, top affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced their opening night roster on Monday, revealing that Guelph Storm 45-goal scorer Pavel Gogolev has signed an AHL contract with the club.
Gogolev, who turns 21 on Feb. 19, finished the 2019-20 season with 45 goals, 51 assists and 96 points for the Storm over 63 games, being voted to the OHL’s third all-star team. His season included a 10-game goal-scoring streak from Dec. 6 to Jan. 3 that included 15 goals, eight assists and 23 points in that span.
The native of Moscow, Russia played four OHL seasons from 2016-20, accumulating 90 goals, 92 assists and 182 points over 219 regular season contests between Peterborough and Guelph. Highlights included a 30-goal sophomore campaign with the Petes in 2017-18 before winning an OHL championship with Guelph in 2019 as he posted 10 points (3-7–10) in their 24-game playoff run.
Gogolev was originally Peterborough’s first round (8th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and won a World Under-17 Hockey Challenge bronze medal with Russia in his rookie season. He has attended past NHL camps with Detroit (2018) and Vegas (2019).
In 12 games this season with Vasby IK of Sweden’s Allsvenskan circuit he’s recorded two goals and an assist. He’ll join the Marlies lineup following his government-mandated travel quarantine.
A number of 2019-20 OHL products have signed Amateur Tryout Offers with the Marlies to begin the campaign including forwards James Hardie (Mississauga Steelheads), Cole MacKay (Soo Greyhounds), Zack Trott (Soo Greyhounds), teammate Keegan Stevenson (Guelph Storm) and goaltender Kai Edmonds (Mississauga Steelheads).
The Marlies begin their season tonight in Manitoba for the first of four consecutive matchups against the Moose.