What do the Maple Leafs have in Pavel Gogolev?

So, the Maple Leafs signed Pavel Gogolev to a three-year entry level contract, as you already may know. But how much do you know about the actual player?
He’s interesting because he has a lot of upside if he can put it all together. And if he can put it all together, you’ve got yourself an incredible talent. His shot, his skill — everything about him is amazing.
Find out everything you need to know about Gogolev in the video below. I hope you enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Petr Mrazek’s upside makes signing him an undeniable win for the Maple Leafs

With the dust of a frenetic free agent frenzy having largely settled, the Maple Leafs came away with a number of intriguing names in their back pocket. Up front, the Maple Leafs added some size and skill to the mix with Michael Bunting, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie. On the back-end, the club opted to keep their excellent defensive core together and add around the edges, making one small move for Brennan Menell from the Minnesota Wild. 
The biggest move of the Maple Leafs free-agent shopping spree, however, ultimately came in the form of the 29-year-old Czech Republic native Petr Mrazek. The Maple Leafs added the former Carolina Hurricane to a deal worth $11.4m over the next three seasons for an AAV of $3.8m per season. Reactions were somewhat mixed, though largely positive regarding the transaction, as Mrazek comes with plenty of promise based on his last season. Whether he can maintain that over a larger sample will largely determine how this contract is viewed into the future. 

Petr Mrazek, signed 3x$3.8M by TOR, didn’t play enough for a card this year, but he has a solid track record. He also saved 9.2 goals above expected in 12 games this season, …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Report: Leafs signing winger Nick Ritchie to a two-year deal

Rumors have been swirling around the Leafs and Nick Ritchie since before free agency even opened and it appears there was some traction there. On Saturday morning, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the Leafs have come to terms with Ritchie on a two-year contract that will carry an AAV of $2.5 million.

Hearing Nick Ritchie to TOR. Sounds like 2x$2.5M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 31, 2021

Ritchie, 25, was drafted 10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft and played 287 regular season games for the organization across five seasons before being traded to the Boston Bruins in February of 2020. He played all 56 games for Boston in the abbreviated 2020-21 season, recording a career-high 15 goals while adding 11 assists.

The big-bodied winger will add some secondary scoring to Toronto’s forward group, as well as a physical edge. His 102 hits in 2020-21 would have led the Leafs forward group by a mile as the departed Zach Hyman led last year with just 69 hits. Ritchie isn’t shy about dropping the gloves either, having already done so nine times in his young career, including three bouts last season.

Nick Ritchie and Garnet Hathaway drop the gloves. pic.twitter.com/VgfO2N4H93
— Conor …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Summing up the Leafs’ roster additions and subtractions

The Free Agent Frenzy of 2021 has brought some new names and faces to the Leafs’ roster, with some notable departures as well. Zach Hyman and Frederik Andersen are relatively long-serving Leafs that have moved on to other teams. To compensate, Kyle Dubas and company have brought in a few low-cost names to try to fill the gap Hyman left, and replaced Andersen with Petr Mrazek.
All signs point to the Leafs still working to add to this roster, and we could still see some players from last year moved out to make room, such as Pierre Engvall, Ilya Mikheyev or Travis Dermott. However, it still interests me to know how the additions and subtractions made so far have affected the team.
Before we start, I want to point you to the second part of my advanced stats primer, which gives what I think is a good description of where the “Wins Above Replacement” or “WAR” numbers we’re using below come from. In short, a couple folks much smarter than I have developed a model that boils down a lot of the things we know about advanced hockey stats into a few numbers that essentially show how much better or …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Ondřej was the Kaše that they gave us: Leafs sign him to 1 year deal

It seems that this summer Kyle Dubas has decided that if he’s gonna be damned, he’s gonna be damned for doing things the way he wants to do things. He’s gone with Greyhounds. He’s gone with underappreciated or miscast players, and now he’s moved onto statistical darlings…

Ondrej Kase signs a one-year contract with #leafs worth $1.25M.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 31, 2021

Ondrej Kase, long adored for excelling at driving the play forward, Kaše has had his injury troubles throughout his career, and was limited to just three games last season, and hasn’t really played anywhere near a full season in his career. The right wing from the Czech Republic is 6’0 tall, and 190 lbs, and could line up with countryman David Kampf on the Leafs 3rd line this season, when healthy. When Kaše isn’t healthy, he creates an opportunity for players like Brooks, Robertson, and Anderson to dip their toes into the lineup as well, so he’s a reasonable risk to take, especially since he’s only 25.

As you can see from the chart above, Kase is pretty darn good in all situations, and if William Nylander is going to be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Around the NHL: Winners and losers from the start of free agency

The start of free agency is easily one of the most exciting times on the hockey calendar, as teams take this opportunity to bring in some players to help improve their roster, giving up no assets except cap space. However, in a flat cap era, cap space is an extremely important asset, and wasting it can ruin your team for years, even worse than a bad trade or drafting a bust with a high pick.
With that, there are always winners and losers in free agency. Some teams make out really well bringing in good players on low or market value deals, and others get greedy, sign a ton of okay players to contracts that won’t age well, and then pay for it down the road (just look at all the assets teams have had to give up to get rid of bad contracts this offseason).
So, let’s take a look at some of the biggest winners (and losers) from the first couple of days of free agency.
Loser: Edmonton Oilers
Let’s start with maybe the most tragic one (only because I feel terrible for Connor McDavid), but after already weakening the roster by bringing in Duncan …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs sign Pavel Gogolev to an entry level contract

Last season Pavel Gogolev was the most promising prospect playing in the Leafs system without actually having a commitment to the Leafs. That changed today…

We’ve signed forward Pavel Gogolev to a three-year entry level contract. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 29, 2021


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via eliteprospects.com

From Elite Prospects:
Gogolev is such a dexterous puck-carrier. He plays the puck within a defender’s triangle, with his elbow free from his body, and fluid wrist movements throughout. His ability to corral the puck and swiftly transition into a curl-and-release shot makes him a legitimate two-touch threat every time he secures the puck in the offensive zone.
By now you’re probably assuming that Gogolev is 5’7 and weighs 140 lbs soaking wet, but fear not enemies of short kings, Gogolev is 6’1 and 179 lbs. He can certainly add to that frame, but I’m betting he’ll be here to score not crush souls.
Getting a 21 year old for free certainly makes up (a little) for …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Mike Amadio, Brett Seney to one-year deals

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two players to one-year, two-way contracts.
Forwards Mike Amadio and Brett Seney will be joining the organization on the deals, each of which carries an NHL salary of $750k, the club announced.
Amadio, 25, was drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft by the LA Kings last year was traded to the Ottawa Senators. He’s appeared in 173 NHL games scoring 16 goals and 40 points playing third and fourth line minutes. He’s spent a fair amount of time in AHL, too, appearing in 130 games scoring 35 goals and 104 points.
Seney, also 25, was a sixth-round pick of the New Jersey Devils in 2015 and remained with that organization until this offseason. He’s played in 53 NHL games scoring five goals and 13 points on the fourth line. In the AHL, Seney’s scored 30 goals and 81 points in 129 games.
At the very least, both depth moves would greatly benefit the Marlies as the pair have provided solid offensive production up front there.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Jack Kopacka joins the Greyhounds South by signing an AHL deal with the Marlies

We’re probably beating a dead horse at this point, as you’ve all noticed that Kyle Dubas and Sheldon Keefe are fond of bringing in former Soo Greyhounds. That’s cool, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They know these players, got a lot out of these players, and relying on first hand experience rather than scouting sounds like a win to me. So that’s why it’s funny but also good to see another Greyhound come into the organization today…

 News | We’ve signed forward Jack Kopacka to a one-year AHL contract.#ForeverStartsHere
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) July 29, 2021

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Meet Brennan Menell, Toronto’s newest RD

Thirty minutes before the opening of free agency, the Maple Leafs announced a trade:

TRADE: We’ve acquired the rights to defenceman Brennan Menell from Minnesota in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 28, 2021

The 7th rounder is conditional on Menell playing 30 games for the Leafs this season. The 5’11” RD played last season in the KHL, and will compete with Timothy Liljegren for the bottom pair RD role.
Menell’s first season in the WHL was also his NHL draft year, making him a bit of a late bloomer. In his age 18 and 19 OHL seasons, he then put up 53 and 71 points, respectively. It’s extremely rare for undrafted D to put up over a point per game in the WHL, and Menell was quickly snapped up by hometown Minnesota on a 3 year ELC.
In his first two AHL seasons Menell recorded 69 points in 142 games, establishing himself as an up and coming offensive defenseman. Unfortunately for him, Minnesota was stacked on D at the time. When a spot finally opened up in 19-20, it was Carson Soucy who got the opportunity to step up to the NHL, and Menell needed to find another route.

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation