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Los Angeles Kings Add Possible Top Six Left Wing Prospect

Los Angeles Kings prospect Nicolas Deslauriers, shown here during
the team’s 2013 Training Camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Just as the Los Angeles Kings were closing up shop on their 2013 Training Camp, and as the 2013-14 season was about to get underway, they acquired a new, young left wing prospect—a power forward with a scoring touch.

That player just might have a chance to become a top six forward for the Kings somewhere down the road. But the best part is that they did not have to give up anything to get him.

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Pearson, Toffoli, And Vey Are Still Dealing With The Sting Of Not Making LA Kings Roster

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles Kings top forward prospects Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, and Linden Vey made it all the way to the final cuts from the Kings’ 2013 Training Camp before being assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Like all young prospects who are that close to making it to the National Hockey League, they are now dealing with the disappointment of not making the big club’s roster. How is that affecting their play? Exclusive interviews with each player, along with Monarchs head coach Mark Morris, should tell you all you need to know!


Los Angeles Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli, shown here
during the team’s 2013 Training Camp.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2013 Training Camp, a widely held belief was that right wing Tyler Toffoli would be a shoo-in to make the Kings’ opening night roster.

As training camp wore on, there was also some thought that left wing Tanner Pearson and center Linden Vey might also have a chance to make the Kings’ roster, given their strong showings in camp, and in pre-season games.

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Tanner Pearson Is An Early Standout At LA Kings 2013 Training Camp

Los Angeles Kings left wing prospect Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Last April, as the Los Angeles Kings were preparing for another deep run into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi took a few moments to look into the future, specifically, at one of his up-and-coming charges, 21-year-old left wing Tanner Pearson, who was selected by the Kings in the first round (30th overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft.

“The kid we got has really done well, so we actually lucked out there,” said Lombardi. “To get Pearson with the 30th pick, he’s got a good chance.”

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Passed Up Twice On Draft Day, LA Kings Prospect Tanner Pearson Reaches NHL Ice Faster Than Expected

VIDEO: Includes exclusive video of the May 19 media interview with Tanner Pearson.


LA Kings left wing prospect Tanner Pearson.
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — After watching young left wing prospect Tanner Pearson make his National Hockey League debut on May 18 against the San Jose Sharks in a second round playoff game is quite the surprise. After all, it was not all that long ago that his future in hockey was rather murky, and that’s putting it mildly.

Indeed, even though he became eligible for the NHL Draft in 2010, he went undrafted for two years before the Los Angeles Kings selected him in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

In fact, Pearson’s career in Canadian junior hockey did not have an auspicious start, as the vast majority of legitimate NHL prospects coming out of Canada go right to major junior hockey at 16 years of age. Although Pearson was selected by the Barrie Colts in the 2008 Ontario Hockey League Priority Draft, the fourth round (266th overall) selection saw the writing on the wall.

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