The Los Angeles Kings quickly made management changes after a disappointing end to the 2016-17 NHL season. Ultimately, a lack of scoring proved to be too much of a problem for the Kings as their playoff push fell short in the final weeks. Both new general manager Rob Blake and new head coach John Stevens stressed an emphasis on improving the team’s scoring chances.
One bright spot for the Kings came in the form of 24-year-old Tanner Pearson. In his fourth full NHL season, the forward was second on the team in goals scored with 24 and tied for fourth in points with 44. Keeping Pearson was important as the Kings announced the signing of a four-year agreement to keep the young talent in Los Angeles, according to the Kings:
The LA Kings have signed forward Tanner Pearson to a four-year contract, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The Kings originally drafted Pearson with their first round selection in 2012. Pearson spent his first season playing for the team’s AFL affiliate, Manchester Monarchs. He split his time during his second season with the Monarchs and Kings. The last three seasons have been fully spent in the NHL.
Over the course of his NHL career, Pearson compiled 103 points with 54 goals and 49 assists. The new deal should come to no surprise given his growth and potential. Pearson was set to become a restricted free agent and earned himself a $15 million contract which means an annual average value of $3.75 million.