When Mark Scheifele was selected seventh overall by Winnipeg in 2011, it marked the start of the second consecutive draft in which his Barrie Colts teammate, Tanner Pearson, would go unselected.
A versatile and creative forward who kicked the tires of NCAA hockey and spent two years playing Junior B after having been selected in the 14th round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, Pearson offered a lukewarm effort to support being drafted. He posted 42 points in his first major junior season after establishing himself as a consistent threat in Junior B and took time to develop under head coach and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Dale Hawerchuk.
"I don't think I was really ready enough, especially my first year after I got drafted to the OHL," Pearson said. "I was pretty small and I wasn't probably the greatest skater back then."
That all changed with a breathtaking 2011-12 season as Pearson exploded for 91 points as a 19-year old in Barrie, demonstrating the skill, creativity and char...