"Now that he's beginning to physically mature, you see those same traits, the way he found ways to get open in junior, he found ways to get open in minor midget, and you can't teach the way the puck comes off his stick."
Natural goal scorers are just that. And that's Tyler Toffoli.
"These two guys, they don't need a lot of chances to hurt you," a rival Western Conference executive said of Pearson and Toffoli. "They can score. They make plays. They're smart players. It's been their MO since junior, both of them.
"Pearson was a late bloomer, and credit the Kings for seeing that in him. It's a different kind of gamble to use a first-round pick on a prospect that's been passed over before. But I've got no issue with that, they were right on Pearson. And Toffoli, he has scored forever, he can just flat-out score."
But the learning curve for both Toffoli and Pearson is far from over. There's much more growth there to happen.
"You look at their bodies, they're still kids," Lombardi said. "They don't even shave yet."
No, but they can play with the big boys.