Left wing Tanner Pearson will be joining Martin Jones and the Los Angeles Kings on Long Island later today as the team is on the verge of making several roster moves to offset the team’s recent injury surge. Jonathan Quick joined Matt Greene and Kyle Clifford as those whose injuries are being evaluated, while Jarret Stoll has resumed practicing and Jeff Carter remains on injured reserve.
Pearson, 21, made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the second round series between Los Angeles and San Jose and appears to be capable of providing value to the Kings, who selected him with the final pick of the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. In 15 games with Manchester this season, the 6-foot, 205 pound forward has recorded 11 points (7-4=11) in 15 games while taking 52 shots. In his 20-year-old rookie season, he posted 47 points (19-28=47) in 64 games, a more than respectable tally for a player in his first professional season.
Considering the recent fine showings by center Linden Vey and right wing Tyler Toffoli, it will be interesting to see if the team will reunite the trio at any point during this weekend’s games.
The impending roster moves likely won’t be made until after the team’s morning skate at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.
I’ll have more from a busy First Niagara Center shortly.