One of the more intriguing players at the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts. The 2011-2012 season has been a whirlwind for the native of Kitchener, Ontario, whose name went uncalled at two NHL Entry Drafts before emerging as a dominant offensive contributor this year.
In fact, Pearson also waited a long time to hear his name called at the OHL Draft, going in the 14th round to the Colts, 267th overall. He has become the poster boy for patience, perseverance and persistence.
Perhaps it is maturity, but Pearson has become a skilled two-way forward and composed playmaker in Barrie. He earned a spot on the Team Canada roster for the 2012 WJC in Alberta, scoring once and adding five assists in six games en route to a bronze medal.
This season in Barrie, Pearson has scored 30 goals and added 43 assists in 40 games, good for second place in OHL scoring. He has twice been recognized as the OHL’s Player of the Week.
During his time in Barrie he has seen the likes of Mark Schiefele, Alex Burmistrov and Ivan Telegin hear their names called by the same NHL organization. The trio are key prospects with the Winnipeg Jets.
The oldest player participating at the Top Prospects Game, Pearson will celebrate his 20th birthday on August 10. It is safe to say that by then, he will have already become property of a NHL team.