Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Pearson
Stepping onto the ice with the Kingston Canadiens of the OHL in 1985 was, for Scott Pearson, like riding a dog sled with no dogs. The Canadiens were among the worst clubs in Canada. One of their only bright spots was Pearson, a hard-working, aggressive winger with a mean edge.

The Leafs, a club in need of muscle, selected him 6th overall in the 1988 Entry Draft. He was characterized by scouts as a tough, trench-digging winger although not a true skill player. That assessment also best described Pearson's legacy at the NHL level. He was designated as a role player who saw limited duty.

He lasted as a Leaf until 1991 when the Nordiques picked him up and, as in Toronto, used him for spot duty on occasions when he wasn't skating for their minor-league affiliate. His most successful NHL stint came with the Oilers in 1993-94. It was his first and only really complete season where he hit career highs of 19 goals and 18 assists. From Edmonton, he moved on to Buffalo for parts of two seasons and then put in one game with the Leafs in 1996 and two more for the Islanders in 1999-2000.

He then left the NHL for good, heading overseas to play for the Essen Mosquitoes of the German league for the 2000-2001 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Cornwall Midget Royals Minor-ON 60 40 40 80 60
1985-86 Kingston Canadians OHL 63 16 23 39 56
1986-87 Kingston Canadians OHL 62 30 24 54 101 9 3 3 6 42
1987-88 Kingston Canadians OHL 46 26 32 58 117
1988-89 Kingston Raiders OHL 13 9 8 17 34
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 32 26 34 60 90 17 14 10 24 53
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 1 1 2 0
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 5 10 15 90 -7 2 2 0 2 10
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 18 12 11 23 64
1990-91 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 0 0 0 20 -5
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 35 11 4 15 86 -4
1990-91 Halifax Citadels AHL 24 12 15 27 44
1991-92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 10 1 2 3 14 -5
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 5 2 1 3 4
1992-93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 41 13 1 14 95 +3 3 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Halifax Citadels AHL 5 3 1 4 25
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 19 18 37 165 -4
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 28 1 4 5 54 -11
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 2 1 3 20 -3 5 0 0 0 4
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 4 0 4 67 -4
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 26 8 8 16 113
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 2 0
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 14 5 2 7 26 9 5 2 7 14
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 78 34 17 51 225 +9 22 12 6 18 50
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 62 23 13 36 154 +3 8 4 1 5 50
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 2 0 1 1 0 +1
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 77 19 14 33 124 +4 16 5 5 10 28
2000-01 ESC Moskitos Essen Germany 51 21 13 34 225
NHL Totals 292 56 42 98 615 10 2 0 2 14


Traded to Quebec by Toronto with Toronto's 2nd round choices in 1991 (later traded to Washington - Washington selected Eric Lavigne) and 1992 (Tuomas Gronman) Entry Drafts for Aaron Broten, Lucien Deblois and Michel Petit, November 17, 1990. Traded to Edmonton by Quebec for Martin Gelinas and Edmonton's 6th round choice (Nicholas Checco) in 1993 Entry Draft, June 20, 1993. Traded to Buffalo by Edmonton for Ken Sutton, April 7, 1995. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 24, 1996.
Missed majority of 1996-97 due to abdominal surgery, November, 1996. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 9, 1999.