2018-19 LA Kings roster: Tanner Pearson player profile
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 AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players and coaches prior to the 2018-19 season. In the 11th part of the series, it is time to profile Kings left winger Tanner Pearson. 

Selected in the first round, 30th overall, by the Kings in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Pearson is 26 years old. He shoots left, is 6'1" and 200 pounds. 

At the time of being drafted in the NHL, Pearson was playing for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. He has the distinction of playing his first NHL career game in the playoffs. Pearson had nine shifts in 5:44 of ice time against the San Jose Sharks on May 18, 2013. 

Pearson has played 308 National Hockey League regular season games. He has 69 goals and 74 assists for 143 points, 80 penalty minutes and is a +43. In 2017-18, Pearson played all 82 regular season games and had 15 goals and 25 assists for 40 points, was a +11, with 27 penalty minutes, five power-play points, four game-winning goals, 180 shots on goal, 36 faceoff wins, 116 hits, 36 blocked shots, 25 takeaways and 39 giveaways. He had career highs in assists, faceoff wins and blocked shots. 

Twice in 2017-18, Pearson had three points in one game. He had three assists in a 5-3 Kings win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 2 and had two goals and one assist in a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Jan. 4. 

Pearson was also a member of the Kings when they won the 2014 Stanley Cup. In 34 playoff games with the Kings, he has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. 

Heading into the season, Pearson is projected to play on the Kings second line with Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown. To see Pearson and the Kings during the 2018-19 NHL regular season at the Staples Center,  please click here.