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.

Probability of Success
  • D

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. 

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 attended training camp with the Kings and was assigned to AHL affiliate Manchester at the start of the 2014-15 season. Now in his second pro season, he has seen top line duty with the Monarchs and continues to refine his game. He was called up briefly by the Kings in February 2015 but has not yet appeared in an NHL game. The former first round pick is close to being NHL-ready but the Kings seem intent on being sure that when he arrives with the big club it is on a permanent basis.

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