Curt Gogol
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Curt Gogol

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-09-21

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade With San Jose, 2014

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Tough guy Curt Gogol played his second season with the Kelowna Rockets(WHL) in 2008-2009. In 63 games Gogol scored just once and picked up 4 assists. He finished the season with 144 PIMs. Gogol went for a deep run with Kelowna in the playoffs. In 22 postseason games Gogol scored once and added 30 PIMs.

2009-10: Gogol split the 2009-2010 season between the Kelowna Rockets(WHL) and Saskatoon Blades(WHL). In 43 combined games Gogol scored once and added 6 assists. Gogol topped his previous career high in penalty minutes by picking up 149 between the two clubs. In 10 playoff games with Saskatoon, Gogol picked up 4 points and 23 PIMs. Signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks.

2010-11: Gogol began the year with Saskatoon, appearing in 15 games with the Blades, before being traded to Chilliwack. In 62 WHL games between the two clubs, he amassed 201 PMs, including 13 major penalties. After scoring 1 goal with 1 assist during his time with the Blades, Gogol had 4 goals with 8 assists in 47 games for Chilliwack. He finished the season -10. Chilliwack made the playoffs after finishing third in their division; losing to Spokane in a five-game series. Gogol had 1 assist and was -4 with 6 PMs in the playoffs.

2011-12: Gogol had an okay rookie season in the AHL with Worcester and played the energy role with some success. He scored 6 goals along with 4 assists and was minus-three while taking 167 penalty minutes (19 fighting majors) in 53 games. The physical winger missed some time due to injuries over the year but didn’t change his style of play.

2012-13: Gogol saw limited time for San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester in his second pro season. An upper-body injury and then concussion-like symptoms in December limited him early in the year and Gogol was a healthy scratch at times in the second half. Primarily in an energy line/enforcer role, he was second to Sharks’ heavyweight Matt Pelech with 139 penalty minutes, finishing -4 with 4 goals and 2 assists in 38 games. Worcester missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division.

2013-14: Gogol attended his fourth NHL training camp with the Sharks before being returned to Worcester for his third AHL season. In February he was acquired by the Wild in exchange for Chad Rau and finished the year with Minnesota AHL affiliate Iowa. In 56 AHL games between the two teams he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was-10 with 204 penalty minutes. 

Talent Analysis

Curt Gogol is a scrappy offensively challenged winger with the competitive spirit of a lion. What he lacks in hockey skills he makes up for it with hard work and determination. He will take bad penalties and his defensive game is average.

 

Future

Gogol attended his first training camp with the Wild before being assigned to AHL affiliate Iowa to start the 2014-15 season. Seeing limited time in 25 games and used mostly in an enforcer role — he was assigned to the AHL's Alaska Aces in January 2015. He could return to Iowa if a roster spot opens but in terms of NHL potential Gogol projects to be no more than a fourth line checker. It is more likely he will be a career minor league heavyweight.

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