Derek Forbort
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Derek Forbort

Hometown:

Duluth Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-03-04

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

1st round (15th overall), 2010

Weight:

198 lbs.

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History

2008-09: Derek Forbort played for Duluth East and some with the USNTDP Under-17 team that competed in the NAHL.

2009-10: Forbort played for the US NTDP Under-18 team that competed in the USHL.  In 26 league games, Forbort scored 4 goals and added 10 assists for 14 points.  All told, Forbort played in 65 games for the NTDP squad, scoring 5 goals and adding 23 assists for 28 points.

2010-11: Forbort skated in 38 of 44 games for WCHA regular season and playoff champion North Dakota as a freshman; missing time and battling the effects of mononucleosis in mid-season. Paired with junior Ben Blood (OTT) on the Fighting Sioux’ shut-down pairing for much of the year, he finished the season with a +21 plus/minus with 15 assists and 26 PMs. North Dakota reached the Frozen Four after defeating WCHA runner-up Denver in the Midwest Regional Final; falling to Michigan, 2-0, in a semifinal game. Forbort was with the bronze medal-winning USA team at the 2011 U20 World Junior tournament – with no points or penalties in six games.

2011-12: Forbert played much of the season on the top defensive pairing as a sophomore for North Dakota alongside Senators’ prospect Ben Blood  — missing time mid-season due to a knee injury suffered while representing the USA at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 2 goals with 11 assists in 35 games and was plus-two with 28 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux defeated Denver in the WCHA championship game after finishing fourth in the regular season and advanced to the NCAA West Regional final against Minnesota. In three games for the USA, which finished seventh at the WJC, he had 2 assists and was an even plus/minus before being hurt.

2012-13: Forbort signed a three-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles in April 2013 and made his pro debut with the Kings AHL affiliate in Manchester following his junior season at North Dakota. In six AHL regular season games he was +5 with 1 assist. The Monarchs finished third in the Atlantic Division and lost to Springfield in a first round playoff series. Forbert was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Forbort was one of three defensemen to skate in all 42 games for North Dakota in his final season of college hockey. He scored 4 goals with 13 assists and was +11 with 22 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux finished third in the WCHA and received an at-large NCAA bid after an overtime loss to Colorado College in the WCHA quarterfinals. North Dakota defeated Niagara before losing to national champion Yale in the West Regional Final.

2013-14: Forbort skated in 74 of 76 regular season games for Kings AHL affiliate Manchester in his first pro season — most among Monarchs defensemen. He scored 1 goal with 16 assists and was +19 with 42 penalty minutes. The Monarchs finished first in the Atlantic Division but were defeated by Norfolk in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Forbort played in three of four playoff games and had an even plus/minus with no points nor penalties. 

2014-15: Forbort returned to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs in his second pro season. He was called up briefly by the Kings in February 2015 but did not appear in any games. Forbort scored 4 goals with 11 assists and was +23 with 52 penalties in 67 regular season games for Manchester. The Monarchs finished first in the Atlantic Division and rolled through the AHL playoffs, defeating Utica in the Calder Cup Finals. Forbort had 6 assists and was +10 with 12 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games.

2015-16: Forbort made the Kings out of training camp — skating in 14 games with Los Angeles before being assigned to the AHL’s Ontario Reign in January. A frequent healthy scratch, he also dealt with an illness in October that kept him out of the lineup. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was -1 with 17 penalty minutes, averaging 11 minutes of ice time with Los Angeles. Forbort has been a steady presence on the blueline since returning to the AHL as the Reign (formerly the Manchester Monarchs) are making a strong push to repeat as champions.

Talent Analysis

Forbort had a reputation for exceptional decision-making while playing at the University of North Dakota and has shown steady progress in his two seasons with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. He has the size, skating ability and agility necessary to be an outstanding two-way NHL defenseman. He does not carry the puck the puck much but his passes are laser sharp. Forbert has added a bit of grit to his game as he has progressed and is in the process of continuing to round out a rock solid defensive game.

Future

Forbort made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2015-16 in his third pro season but was often the odd man out in a deep defense corp before being returned to the AHL. Skating with the re-located Ontario Reign (formerly Manchester) he has fit in with the defending champions. Forbort projects as a solid middle or lower pairing defender and could be a free agent target of a team in need of help on the blueline if he is not re-signed by the Kings.

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