Chicago Blackhawks place Pavel Gogolev on contract termination waivers

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have placed forward Pavel Gogolev on a waiver for contract termination. Gogolev had one year left on his entry-level contract after the 2022-23 campaign. According CapFriendly, it has a cap hit of $834,167.

The 23-year-old was recently acquired by the Blackhawks in the trade between Sam Lafferty and Jake McCabe. He had 48 points (21 goals, 27 assists) in 33 games this season while playing for the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL. It should be noted that Gogolev posted on his social media Instagram account that he would be returning to Newfoundland as part of what is believed to be a deal with the AHL.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Gogolev actually played some of his minor hockey for the Pursuit of Excellence program in Kelowna, BC, Canada. In 2016, Gogolev was drafted in the first round, 8th overall by the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. During his rookie campaign, he recorded 11 points in 53 games, but it was the following season that he would gain ground in the prospect system. He scored 30 goals and 47 points in 66 games. In 2018-19 he was sent to the Storm in Guelph where he rang the Storm to win the OHL Championship. In his final season in the OHL, a season cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he totaled 96 points (45 goals, 51 assists) in 63 games and was named to the All-Star Third Team. ‘OH.

Since graduating from major junior, he has spent time in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies and in the ECHL with the Growlers. Both minor league affiliates of the Toronto Maple Leafs. His AHL totals include 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 47 games with the Marlies and Rockford Ice Hogs.

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