While it may come as a big surprise, Derek Forbort and Nick Shore have both been assigned to Manchester where they will start the upcoming season.
By saying that the move doesn’t come as a surprise, I certainly don’t mean to imply that the two youngsters aren’t good enough – that couldn’t be further from the truth. The demotion, assuming that’s an appropriate term, isn’t a detriment to Forbort and Shore but a testament to how much depth the Los Angeles Kings have at the NHL level.
Shore, who just turned 21 yesterday, had a promising preseason where he scored a goal and an assist last Friday at Colorado.
Drafted by the Kings in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft, the Denver native scored 34 and 41 respectively since in his last two seasons with the University of Denver before this training camp.
While he is justifiably disappointed at not cracking the big club’s roster, Shore should certainly knows he has a lot of time being only 21. As disappointing as the news is, he will have a chance to strengthen his game with Monarchs and hopefully develop to the extent that he will begin next season in Southern California.
As for Forbort, having played only six games for Manchester last season, 2013-14 will mark his first full season in the AHL where he will look to use his 6’4 frame to his advantage on the blueline while developing other facets of his game with the hope of donning a Kings jersey in the near future.
Derek Forbort was drafted 15th overall by Los Angeles in 2010.