The Detroit Red Wings have signed Chase Pearson to a one-year contract, keeping the young restricted free agent in the organization. Pearson was actually eligible for salary arbitration this summer, but was not among the 17 players who filed a few days ago. The financial details of the contract have not yet been released.
Pearson, 23, was a fifth-round pick of the Red Wings in 2015, and played three seasons at the University of Maine before turning pro. In his two-plus years with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL, Pearson has recorded 46 points in 97 games. That includes a very strong 2020-21 campaign, where Pearson was one of the most reliable players on the squad, scoring 22 points in 28 games.
Without an NHL appearance to his name, Pearson will have to continue to work hard in the minor leagues and wait for his opportunity with the Red Wings. It’s hard to ask for a better situation if you want to prove yourself, as Detroit will likely be testing minor league talent at the NHL level all season long. Given the fact that he’s still waiver-exempt, Pearson could get a chance as an injury replacement this season, bouncing up and down between the two levels without being at risk.