- Pierre LeBrun, NHL
- 0 Shares
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Being up 2-0 in a series isn't good enough for Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
At least not based on Saturday morning's pregame skate; Sutter shuffled the deck a little.
"We're sort of undecided still if we're playing seven D and 11 forwards," Sutter said after the skate. "If we play 12 forwards, [Pearson] will play."
Certainly the impression in the Kings' room was that 20-year-old Pearson -- the Kings' first-round pick, 30th overall, in the June 2012 draft -- was in.
Pearson had 47 points (19-28) in 64 games with AHL Manchester this season, playing mostly on a line with Kings rookie Tyler Toffoli.
"I was coming up to be a Black Ace, just expecting to stay with them," Pearson said. "Nelly [Nelson Emerson], the development guy, told me the one day that I was going to start practicing. Then, a few injuries happened. I guess anything can happen."
Pearson went undrafted in 2011 when he first became eligible for the NHL draft. But then putting up 91 points (37-54) in 60 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts in 2011-12 caught people's attention and the Kings drafted him in June 2012.
"If you asked me three years ago or said I'd be playing my first NHL game in three years, I would have taken it in a heartbeat, but I probably wouldn't have believed you," Pearson said. "To see it happen so quick, it's very exciting."
Lots of changes for a team up 2-0 in a playoff series, but clearly Sutter continued to want to tinker with his bottom-six forward group.
"Not satisfied, quite honest with you," Sutter said of his team's performance, which is why he's making changes. "I said it last series, too; our fourth line has been moving all year. There hasn't really been a fourth line."
Sutter making changes for Game 3 against Sharks.