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LA Kings Rookie LW Tanner Pearson Might Be The Odd Man Out…For Now

LA Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite getting off to a blistering hot start to the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, it appears that rookie left wing Tanner Pearson is headed for a seat in the press box when the Los Angeles Kings host the Carolina Hurricanes on November 20, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The reason: after scoring seven goals and adding two assists for nine points, with a +9 plus/minus rating and two penalty minutes in the first eight games of the season, Pearson has recorded just one assist, with a +2 plus/minus rating and six penalty minutes in the Kings’ last eleven games.

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Frozen Royalty Video: Williams, Toffoli, Sutter Interviews After 2-0 Loss To Dallas

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings showed marginal improvement one day after a very poor showing at Anaheim (don’t let the score in a 6-5 shootout fool you), the Kings were caught chasing the game again, dropping a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars at Staples Center in Los Angeles on November 13.

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Frozen Royalty Video: That 70’s Line Leads LA Kings To Record-Setting Win Over Columbus

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings have only one line that’s scoring goals, but they’ve been so prolific, they’ve led the team to a 6-0-0 record to close out their home stand—a franchise record—the latest being a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets during a matinee affair at Staples Center on October 26.

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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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Photo: David Sheehan/CalishooterOne Photography

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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