Tanner Pearson is a member of the Vancouver Canucks and unfortunately, he will miss the next four weeks of the season after suffering a lower-body injury. Pearson suffered the injury in the Canucks game against the Ottawa Senators on March 17th, 2021. The Canucks will dearly miss Tanner Pearson for the next four weeks of the season. As a veteran leader on the team, he provides leadership and experience to go along with producing offense for his club. The Canucks will have to rely on their newest member of the team to fill the production void left by Pearson’s injury.
Tanner Pearson Career Overview
The eight-year NHL veteran and Stanley Cup champion has been a very solid player in his career. Since entering the league in the 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Kings Pearson has played for three different franchises. In parts of six NHL seasons with the Kings Pearson played in 325 games and registered 69 goals to go along with 75 assists. During the 2018-19 season, the Kings traded Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins. With Pittsburgh Pearson suited for 44 games and scored nine goals.
The Penguins decided to trade him in the same season that they acquired him to the Canucks. Following the second Tanner Pearson trade of the season, he played 19 games to finish the season. In those 19 games, he scored nine goals and added three assists. To continue his success he played 69 games in his first full season with the Canucks. He probably would have scored a career-high in goals but unfortunately, Covid-19 cut the season short. Nevertheless, he finished with 21 goals and 24 assists. His strong play continued into 2021 as he has scored six goals and five assists in 33 games. Very respectable statistics helped make him one of the most sought-after trade pieces ahead of the 2021 deadline.
How Will the Tanner Pearson Injury Affect the Canucks?
With Pearson out for the next four weeks and the trade deadline coming in less than a month this injury could not have happened at a worse time in the opinion of Canucks management. The team was probably going to trade Pearson at the trade deadline and try to capitalize off his strong play.
To replace him in the lineup the Canucks will slide brand new Canuck Jimmy Vesey into the lineup. Vesey was picked up off of waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs this week. Vesey has never lived up to the potential he was believed to have after winning the Hobey Baker award thanks to an incredible senior season at Harvard. The Canucks will be Vesey’s fourth NHL team. He has had stints with the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, and Maple Leafs.
Read more about Vesey coming to the Canucks here.
The forward was originally drafted by the Predators but he refused to sign with the club instead opting to go to the big apple and play for the Rangers. Spending three seasons with New York he played in 240 regular-season games and scored 50 goals to go along with 40 assists. To clear up salary cap space for Artemi Panarin the Rangers decided to trade Vesey to the Sabres in a salary cap dump.
He spent one season with Buffalo, Vesey played in 64 games and scored a measly nine goals and 11 assists. He left the Sabres at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season to join the Maple Leafs. With Toronto, he scored five goals and two assists in 30 games. He usually played in the bottom six for the Maple Leafs and was relatively productive but he was placed on waivers to help create space for the return of Wayne Simmonds.
Read more about Wayne Simmonds injury here.
Final Thoughts on the Tanner Pearson Injury
Overall this stinks for both the Canucks and Pearson. The Canucks can no longer trade the injured forward at the trade deadline. For Pearson, it stinks to get hurt at any time but he was enjoying a pretty good season with Canucks. Vesey will try to replicate the production that Pearson brought to the club. Hopefully, Pearson can get back on the ice sooner rather than later after a healthy and successful recovery.
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