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LA Kings Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli Still Have A Long Way To Go…That’s A Good Thing

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In Part 1 of this two-part series, we told you about Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson’s rise from being a very late bloomer who came within a hair of being a late seventh round pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, instead of a first round pick in the 2012 draft. What might’ve happened if he had been picked in the seventh round instead of the first round?

In case you missed it, you can read that story here: LA Kings 2012 First Round Pick Tanner Pearson Just Missed Being a 7th Round Pick In 2011.

In Part 2, we’ll look at Pearson’s (so far) successful ascent to the NHL, with comments from Pearson and Kings Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Michael Futa, who shared his thoughts about both Pearson and right wing Tyler Toffoli.


LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — For the last seven seasons, center Anze Kopitar has led the Los Angeles Kings in scoring, and he has led them, essentially, from start to finish each season.

Don’t look now, but that is not how things will go this season, as rookie left wing Tanner Pearson, for now, anyway, leads the Kings in scoring with four goals and two assists for six points through four games.

Although no one should expect Pearson to end the season leading the Kings in scoring, anything is possible, right? In any case, Pearson’s early-season hot streak already has him in the conversation for the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top rookie (he did not play enough games last season to lose rookie status).

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick’s 32nd Career NHL Shutout Leads LA Kings To 1-0 Win Over Blues

LOS ANGELES — Jonathan Quick earned his 32nd career National Hockey League shutout and Jeff Carter scored the lone shootout goal to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 16.

Despite being outplayed for much of the game and despite being outshot, 43-18, the Kings managed to hold off the Blues, on the strength of their goaltender, who tied former superstar goaltender Rogie Vachon for the all-time Kings record for career shutouts.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Interview Gold From Tanner Pearson After LA Kings Blowout Edmonton, 6-1

LOS ANGELES — Tanner Pearson scored two goals and added an assist, while line mates Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli contributed a goal and an assist each to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 6-1 blowout win over the hapless Edmonton Oilers on October 14 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Justin Williams and Dustin Brown rounded out the scoring for the Kings.

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NHL Makes Yet Another Bad Decision On Discipline With Hiring Of Chris Pronger

COMMENTARY: Former National Hockey League defenseman Chris Pronger might turn out to be a great hire by the league for their Department of Player Safety. Nevertheless, he should never have been considered for the job at all.


LOS ANGELES — The National Hockey League has proven, once again, that the way they handle discipline of its players leaves a lot to desired, and that’s putting it mildly.

This time, it was not an on-ice incident, or a way-too-short suspension, which is the norm in the NHL. Nor was it an off-ice incident involving a crime, or a substance abuse incident. Nothing like any of that.

This time, the problem might run deeper.

On October 10, the NHL announced the hiring of former stalwart NHL defenseman Chris Pronger to work in their Department of Player Safety, alongside Senior Vice President, Player Safety, Stephane Quintal.

Pronger was a stellar defenseman in the league—a Stanley Cup Champion, Hart and Norris Trophy winner, five-time NHL All-Star, and a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, just to name some of the accomplishments on his resume. His record of achievement is indisputable.

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