Season Over For Barries Pearson

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Season Over For Barries Pearson

Barrie Colts forward and top 2012 NHL Draft prospect Tanner Pearson likely will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right leg in the Colts’ regular-season finale Sunday.

Pearson, No. 22 on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking of North American skaters, suffered the injury late in the third period of the game. According to Yahoo! Canada Sports, Pearson was knocked off balance by a check, causing him to roll his ankle as he fell to the ice, breaking his right fibula in the process.

Pearson was expected to be a big part of the Colts’ playoff push, which will start next week against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Undrafted through the previous two NHL drafts, the 19-year-old Pearson has emerged as one of junior hockey’s biggest surprises this season, ranking third in the Ontario Hockey League with 89 points, and leading the Colts in goals (36), assists (53) and points. He also had a goal and 5 assists for Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship, and took part in the 2012 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Pearson credited Barrie teammate Mark Scheifele, a 2011 first-round pick of the Winnipeg Jets, for motivating him to maximize his talent this season.

The scouts certainly have noticed.

"When the season started, he came out and was effective right from the start, said Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards. "When you get a guy like Dale Hawerchuk coaching you and you know how skilled he was, Dale is going to have a lot to do with his development. But having said that, you have to have the skill. You can’t really teach skill. … He’s elevated his game to a point where we’re talking about him in the first round."

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