Los Angeles Kings‘ 1st round pick in this year’s draft (#30 overall: hello Stanley Cup Champs), left wing Tanner Pearson(14) leaves juniors after only two seasons (albeit a very successful one in 2011/2012 that saw him score 91 points in 60 games).
He starts his pro career with AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs due to the NHL lunch break and is getting it going with 4 goals and 8 assists and a +5 plus/minus in 23 games on a level that is much different than the one he just came from.
At 6′ 205 lbs. he’s already big enough to be a formidable power forward and at only 20-years old will develop as he continues to play. That shows no signs of slowing down in this his rookie season.
He signed a three-year entry level deal that will likely see him skating at least some games in the show before that time is up, but bets are he outright makes the team and this is only a short stop for him in the minors.