The Los Angeles Kings are coming off the best season in franchise history. They made it into the Stanley Cup playoffs by the skin of their teeth, but once into the postseason they went on a tear that didn't stop until they had won their first-ever NHL title. Now, with Stanley Cup in tow, they begin the road to next season. On Friday, the Kings made their first pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
As recipients of the Cup, the Kings held the last pick in the first round, at No. 30 overall. They used their pick to select Tanner Pearson, a left winger currently playing in the Ontario Hockey League. Here is what Matt Brigidi has to say about Pearson:
Passed over twice in previous drafts, the Los Angeles has finally given Pearson the opportunity to display his abilities at the next level. A serviceable skater, his true talent shines through with his excellent vision and crisp passing that helps him begin rushes with ease.
Realistically, Pearson will need to improve his skating skills in order to be a viable entity at the next level but if he can grow into his six-foot, 200 pound frame, he may be able to use his wit to make up for any other deficiencies.
The Kings are hoping their pick will grow into a valuable player for the team, but right now just about nothing can rain on their parade.