LA Kings get Pearson with 1st round’s final pick
The Los Angeles Kings have chosen left wing Tanner Pearson with
the 30th pick of the first round of the NHL draft.
The Stanley Cup champions made the final selection of the first
round on Friday night.
The 19-year-old Pearson is a late bloomer by NHL draft
standards. He was draft-eligible for the third time after failing
to get picked in each of the past two years, but a dynamic
performance for the OHL’s Barrie Colts propelled him into the
Pearson had 37 goals and 54 assists in 60 games for Barrie last
season, finishing third in the OHL in scoring. He also played well
for Canada at the World Junior Championships.
Columbus could have claimed Los Angeles’ pick as part of the
trade that sent forward Jeff Carter to the Kings, but declined.