July 21: The Red Wings have officially announced the contract.
Pearson, 24, played in his first three NHL games this season without registering a point. He had just 18 points in 50 AHL games this year, too, a big step back from his 22 points in 28 games during the 2020-21 campaign.
A fifth-round pick of the team in 2015, Pearson’s had an up-and-down development path with the team. He’s shown enough promise at points, though, that the team has decided to keep him retained in the hopes that he becomes a late bloomer.
Pearson does have appealing size, standing at 6′ 3″, 203 pounds, and uses that frame to deliver clean hits as evidenced by his rather low penalty minute totals. His NHL upside will likely come in a defensive bottom-six role, and since he can play both center and wing, that does give him a bit of an edge on the organizational depth chart.