… Barrie Colts left winger Tanner Pearson.
No, the selection won’t be Stefan Matteau and if in reality the New York Rangers do select Matteau it will be a giant face palm moment. Yes, he is the son of Stephane Matteau, the hero of 1994 but please remember that it doesn’t always work out like that. Stefan Matteau might have the skill and the abilities that his father never had (in 85 games with the Rangers Matteau had 11 goals and 10 assists in the regular season) but is this kid going to live up to the pressure of 1994? Are fans going to forget that Stephane Matteau was not an amazing player as history has written him to be? Is Stefan Matteau going to be able to deal with that or is he going to buckle and fail before he’s even given a proper shot? I don’t care what the scouts say about his talents, are the fans going to be able to keep a grip on themselves and keep expectations in check?
I don’t see it happening any time soon. The New York Rangers’ fans are a passionate bunch that will not be able to let Matteau grow and develop until they move on from the Stanley Cup win back in 1994.
So with that, I’m going to hope they pass on Stefan Matteau and select Tanner Pearson instead.
Looking at Tanner Pearson’s EliteProspects’s scouting report:
A winger with a good shot, Pearson also controls the puck very well. Likes going to the net. Is a quick skater and has good hockey sense.
The speed? Something the New York Rangers desperately need with guys like Brian Boyle out on the ice. And a good shot? Please please pretty please! The Rangers need those traits in the worst way, even more so now that Marian Gaborik is out with surgery.
The scouting reports The Hockey News used in their player profile is less glowing, but acknowledges that he’s struggled in past seasons. THN wraps up his report with the most telling piece of information, the question of if he’s a late bloomer or if he’s reached his potential. While selecting such a questionable player in the Draft might not be the best idea for the New York Rangers, Pearson would not end up lost in the shuffle, he would have a group of veterans guiding his development. Both on the Rangers team and the Connecticut Whale there are players that can help him prove to the scouts that he is a late bloomer, not a bust in the draft.
In his most recent season with the Colts, Pearson played in 60 games, scored 37 goals, and had 54 assists, the most successful season he’s had to date. This upward swing of points, goals, and assists can only help propel him into an effective player as he joins an NHL team in the coming weeks.
Who will the New York Rangers pick in the first round? Find out this Friday when the New York Rangers join the rest of the NHL in Pittsburgh for the offical 2012 NHL Draft.
Lets Go Rangers!