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August 3, 2012 10:37 am

Kings sign first-round pick

The Kings have signed Tanner Pearson, their first-round pick in this year’s draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pearson turns 20 next week, so he would be eligible either to play in the American Hockey League or play a final (over-age) season for the Barrie Colts of the junior-level Ontario Hockey League.

Last season, Pearson had 37 goals and 54 assists in 60 regular-season games. The 91 pounds ranked third overall in the OHL. A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Pearson is listed at 6-feet, 198 pounds.

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