Had the Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, forward Tanner Pearson was hoping he'd be able to play after sustaining a broken lower fibula on Jan. 10 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.
"Yeah, it was still kind of up in the air once the season was over," Pearson told LA Kings Insider on Saturday. "But if I had to go, I would've gone for sure, there's no question about it. I wanted to get back playing as soon as possible. There were obviously some situations that held me back from playing, but right now I'm a hundred percent and ready to go."
Pearson was solid for the Kings prior to the injury; he has 12 goals in 42 games and was the NHL's Rookie of the Month for October. Healthy and raring to go, Pearson is eager to try and help the Kings find their way back to the playoffs.
"I think we started off on fire last year, and it kind of dwindled down after we had that homestand (1-2-4 from Jan. 3-19). I think we want to keep it going the full year, hopefully, playing out here again, getting the consistency back and being a part of each other again will be good and help the chemistry out."
The Kings open the season on Oct. 7 against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center.