Back in Pittsburgh, Pearson recalls '12 Draft - LA Kings Insider

The Kings’ only visit to the Consol Energy Center ended in a 2-1 setback to the Pittsburgh Penguins on a Jordan Staal overtime goal on February 10, 2011. Since that date, Pittsburgh emerged from Staples Center with a pair of wins: a shootout victory over Los Angeles early in the 2011-12 season and a 4-1 win over the Kings in late January.

146648904RH109_2012_NHL_EntThough Los Angeles hasn’t visited the city in over three years, one player does have more recent ties to the city of Pittsburgh. Though he was in the middle of his debut season with the Barrie Colts the last time the Kings visited Western Pennsylvania, the Consol Energy Center was where Tanner Pearson heard his name called as the final selection of the first round at the NHL Draft on June 22, 2012.

“It was a pretty good weekend, actually,” Pearson said. “I was kind of nervous because I knew I was kind of in the end of the first round, beginning of the second round-area. Probably about (picks) 25-and-up I got kind of quiet sitting in the seat and didn’t know what to expect. But when your name is called and you get to go out on stage and put a hat and a jersey and take that picture, it’s a pretty special moment.”

It’s not anything he would want to change, obviously, but when you’re chosen with the last pick of the first round, there’s not really any excess celebration or extended family dinner the night of your selection

“By the time the first round was over, I think it was 11 o’clock at night,” he explained. “It was a pretty long night so we just went back to the hotel and just kind of casually took it in.”

On taking part in any pre-draft, top prospects activities:
No, that was kind of all the top-five guys type of thing. I was here for the weekend. We got to kind of see the city and the ballpark and that kind of thing. It was pretty cool.

On any anxiety late in the first round as names were coming off the board:
I was just kind of thinking every team that went on stage, “Is this going to be the one?’ ‘Is this going to be the one?’ Fortunately, it was LA and I couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

On whether he anticipated being drafted by Los Angeles:
It was kind of all the same. You don’t really know what to expect. I had good talks with LA prior to the draft and I had a good feeling that it could be the one and fortunately it was.

On what hockey operations said to him on the stage:
Just congrats and welcome to the team. I forget what Dean said.

On the entire draft experience:
Absolutely, it’s your dream as a kid to be in the NHL and take that first step up of getting drafted by a team. It was a big leap and I think I’m doing a good job so far.


Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.