Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Pearson
As a junior player with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, Rob Pearson showed strong bursts of offensive skill and an ability to play a solid, physical game. But he was also known, on occasion, to lapse into lazy spells and senseless outbursts that limited his own effectiveness and hurt his team.

But that all changed when he was traded to the Oshawa Generals in 1990. Pearson was placed on a line with Eric Lindros who, along with the team's coach, straightened him out. In one game, Pearson was about to drop the gloves when Lindros, his own teammate, threatened to beat him up if he didn't get back to concentrating on hockey. Pearson obeyed and became an OHL first team all-star.

The Leafs made him their 2nd choice in the 1989 Entry Draft. With the Blue and White, Pearson struggled to attain big-league consistency. He led the Leafs in penalty minutes in two of his three seasons with the club, but was just unable to realize the offensive potential he'd shown in junior.

After three seasons in Toronto, the Leafs gave up on their prospect, sending him to Washington for 32 games in 1994-95. Pearson then went to Portland of the AHL before resurfacing with the St. Louis Blues for 45 games in 1996. After assisting on Dale Hawerchuck's 500th career goal, he was dispatched to the minors where he closed out his career in the IHL with Cleveland, Orlando, and Long Beach.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Oshawa Legionnaires ON-Jr.B 72 68 65 133 188
1988-89 Belleville Bulls OHL 26 8 12 20 51
1989-90 Belleville Bulls OHL 58 48 40 88 174 11 5 5 10 26
1990-91 Belleville Bulls OHL 10 6 3 9 27
1990-91 Oshawa Generals OHL 41 57 52 109 76 16 16 17 33 39
1990-91 Newmarket Saints AHL 3 0 0 0 29
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 14 10 24 58 -16
1991-92 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 27 15 14 29 107 13 5 4 9 40
1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 23 14 37 211 -2 14 2 2 4 31
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 12 18 30 189 -6 14 1 0 1 32
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 32 0 6 6 96 -6 3 1 0 1 17
1995-96 Portland Pirates AHL 44 18 24 42 143
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 27 6 4 10 54 +4 2 0 0 0 14
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 18 1 2 3 37 -5
1996-97 Worcester IceCats AHL 46 11 16 27 199 5 3 0 3 16
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 46 17 14 31 118 -6 10 6 4 10 43
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 20 3 10 13 27 -1
1998-99 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 11 6 2 8 41 +3 17 8 6 14 24
1999-00 Long Beach Ice Dogs IHL 60 17 23 40 145 +7 4 0 0 0 8
2000-01
2001-02 Frankfurt Lions Germany 33 5 16 21 125
NHL Totals 269 56 54 110 645 33 4 2 6 94


OHL First All-Star Team (1991) Traded to Washington by Toronto with Philadelphia's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Washington selected Nolan Baumgartner) in 1994 NHL Draft for Mike Ridley and St. Louis' 1st round pick (previously acquired, Toronto selected Eric Fichaud) in 1994 NHL Draft, June 28, 1994. Traded to St. Louis by Washington for Denis Chasse, January 29, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Long Beach (IHL), August 5, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Frankfurt (DEL), August 13, 2001.
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