Maine Hockey Journal

Cologne officially announces Gogulla signing

It was reported here a few weeks ago that Pirates forward Philip Gogulla signed with Cologne of the German Elite League.

Now official word has come down from Cologne they signed the 22-year old forward to three year contract, which effectively ends his time with the Buffalo Sabres.

Gogulla was a second round draft pick (#48 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2005 Entry Draft, and at the time, the Sabres held high hopes for him.

“Phillip Gogulla is a strong skater with extensive elite league and international experience for someone who is just 19 years old,” Regier in the press release when Gogulla was signed. “We believe that he has tremendous potential, and look forward to watching his development in the years to come.”

During his time with Portland, he just never looked comfortable as it was clearly evident that his adjustment to the North America was difficult both on the ice and off.

But, one has to wonder if Gogulla was really giving North America an honest try because he never really looked at the NHL as the place where he ultimately wanted to play and that was apparent after he signed his entry-level deal in 2007 with the Sabres, and loaned him back to his German club in Cologne.

Gogulla had been with Cologne since he was a 16-year old, playing for their youth team, before making the jump to the top-flight, where he excelled as one of their best players. In his 238 games with Cologne, he’s scored 44 goals, 83 assists for 127 points.

In his one season with Portland, he scored 35 points (15g, 20a) in 76 games.

NOTES: Former Pirates’ defenseman Zach Tarkir has also signed overseas, joining the Hannover Indians. Tarkir played 32 games for the Pirates during the 2008-‘09 season, scoring three goals, four assists for seven points.

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