The first time Pavel Gogolev and Semyon Der-Arguchinstev ever carved up ice it was together and they hope to take their first OHL strides the same way. Gogolev was selected 8th overall and Der-Arguchinstev was taken 27th overall by the Petes in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The pair have been friends and have been playing hockey together for more than a decade, since they joined their first hockey team, the Soviet Wings, back in Russia.
The chemistry between the two players may be desirable, but it was not part of the draft day plan for Mike Oke and the Peterborough Petes.
“It was pure coincidence that it worked out this way. We certainly were aware that they were familiar with each other, but it was simply that they were identified as both being really good players. When we selected Pavel 8th overall we were almost sure Semyon would be selected prior to us being able to select him as well, but that wasn’t the case,” said Oke, General Manager of the Peterborough Petes.
While Gogolev and Der-Arguchinstev both claim that their only concern was to be selected into the OHL, the pair had previously worked to stay together and play at the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Rockland, Ontario.
“I was at the Academy first then I convinced Pavel to come over [from his school in Kelowna] so we could play together again,” Der-Arguchinstev said.
The Russian duo excelled during their time at the CIHA, finishing one and two in the U-18 league for scoring with 71 points for Der-Arguchinstev and 68 points for Gogolev. All the more impressive when considering they often played against athletes one or two years their senior. Coincidentally, they also craft their individual games after another pair of high scoring line mates.
“I like to watch and model my game after Artemi Panerin because he’s a great play maker and I think him and I play similar styles,” Der-Arguchinstev said.
“I like watching Patrick Kane and I think that’s the way I play – making plays and scoring goals then celebrating,” Gogolev said.
While their play styles may be different both described the other’s ability as “great”. However, it will take a lot more than their high ceilings to make the Petes next year.
“I think as younger players coming into the OHL their strength is something they can strive to improve,” Mike Oke said. “Also, for any young men making the transition to the OHL consistency and making the right plays all of the time is important to development. We will work with them to make sure they understand the importance of making good decisions on the ice with and without the puck.”
At a press conference on April 22nd, the pair were formally introduced to the Peterborough media and fans and they reiterated how hard they are willing to work and how excited they are to be part of team history.
“I am very excited to be part of the history of the Peterborough Petes – I am going to wear the same number as Steve Yzerman!” said Der-Arguchinstev.
The pair have a lot of work ahead of them before before Petes Head Trainer Brian Miller stitches their names – or Yzerman’s number – on a jersey (wish him luck with “Der-Arguchinstev”), Petes fans are looking forward to seeing the duo light the lamp for the Maroon and White.
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