While they haven’t made any noise with any trades or free-agency signings, the Los Angeles Kings have re-signed some players to keep their championship squad in tact for the coming season. Of course, the Kings are also continuing to build for the future and that was evident today as they signed their first-round draft choice, Tanner Pearson, to an entry-level contract.
According to TSN.ca, the 19-year-old Pearson agreed with Los Angeles on a three-year contract after registering 91 points for the OHL’s Barrie Colts this past season. Pearson was also a +21. The 6’0, 198-pound forward was also a member of the 2012 Canadian World Junior team and will be a strong favourite to crack the roster again in 2013.
While GM Dean Lombardi is notorious for his patience with developing prospects, don’t completely rule out the possibility of Pearson wearing a Kings uniform next season. While it’s not too likely, Kyle Clifford did make the big club at 19 so who knows? At the same time, don’t anticipate to hold your breath.
Nevertheless, Tanner Pearson will now be with the organization for at least the next three years and I look forward to seeing how he progresses.
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