Left wing Tanner Pearson has been recalled by the Los Angeles Kings. Though he is eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild, he took shifts alongside Colin Fraser with a rotating right wing during line rushes, which could be an indication that he won’t play.
Pearson, 21 made his NHL debut in Game 3 of the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals last spring. In his regular season debut on November 14 at Nassau Coliseum, his first career NHL goal brought the Kings even with the New York Islanders in the third period before linemate Tyler Toffoli scored the game-winner with 1:27 remaining during a 3-2 comeback win. In six games, Pearson has one goal, no penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. His season-high in ice time of 11:54 was set in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 19.
In 30 games with the Manchester Monarchs, Pearson has 25 points (13-12=25), 14 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating. His 13 goals are tied for the team lead with Nick Deslauriers. He was selected with the final pick of the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.
With the call-ups, the Kings now have the maximum 23 players on the active roster.