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

Kings’ interest.

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.