Los Angeles Kings Select Tanner Pearson At No. 30


With the No. 30 overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, the Los Angeles Kings have selected Tanner Pearson.

Pearson is a big-bodied left wing that has been passed over in two previous drafts. He is a proto-typical late bloomer.

He has okay skating, but makes up for that with his vision and skills. He leans on his strengths, which include crisp passing and a quick release, instead of trying to play outside of his skill set.

His skating will likely need to improve if he is to excel to his full potential at the professional level. Pearson registered six points for Canada in the World Junior Championships, and his playmaking ability was on full display with five assists.

Pearson suffered a season-ending injury in March, but still registered 37 goals and 54 assists in 60 games for the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts. He also went from a -12 last season to a +21 this year.

Pearson is already an NHL-sized player at six feet and 198 pounds.

Pearson was born in Kitchener, Ontario and will turn 20 on August 10.