Kings sign first round choice Tanner Pearson
LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Tanner Pearson, selected by the Kings in the first-round (30th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, to a three-year entry level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Pearson, 19 (turns 20 on August 10), has played the last two seasons with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. He was named to the OHL Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season after recording 91 points (37-54=91), 37 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating in 60 regular season games. Pearson led Barrie in goals, assists and points this past season, while tying for the team lead in plus-minus. His 91 points ranked third overall in the OHL, while his 54 assists ranked fifth.
The 6-0, 198-pound native of Kitchener, Ontario, had 42 points (15-27=42) and 35 penalty minutes for Barrie during the 2010-11 season. His 42 points ranked sixth on the club that year.
Pearson spent three seasons with the Waterloo Siskins of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (Ontario-Junior B) before debuting with Barrie in the fall of 2010. He scored 29 goals and 70 points (29-41=70) with Waterloo during the 2009-10 regular season.
Internationally, Pearson represented Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he recorded six points (1-5=6) in six games, helping Canada capture the bronze medal. He also represented Canada and the OHL at the 2011 Super Series that featured Canadian Hockey League (CHL) All-Stars competing against the Russian National Junior Team as part of a six-game series. Pearson helped the CHL win the Super Series as he recorded two goals in two games while skating with Team OHL. The Canadians won the series with a record of 3-2-1 and 10 points.