2007-08: Nick Shore played for the Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Major Under-18 squad, scoring 64 goals and adding 71 assists for 135 points.
2008-09: Shore joined the U.S. NTDP program, playing for the Under-17 squad. In 67 games he scored 19 goals and added 19 assists for 38 points to go along with 54 penalty minutes.
2009-10: Split time between the NTDP juniors squad that competed in the USHL and the national program. In 26 USHL games, Shore scored 6 goals and added 14 assists for 20 points. In 65 games for the U.S. Under-18 squad, he scored 19 goals and chipped in 38 assists for 57 points. Shore also played for gold medalist Team USA at the 2010 Under-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists for 10 points in 7 games.
2010-11: Shore joined his older brother Drew, a Panthers’ prospect, at the University of Denver; skating in 33 of 42 games as a freshman. The Pioneers were one of the top teams in college hockey, finishing second to North Dakota in the WCHA and falling to the Fighting Sioux in both the conference and NCAA regional finals. Drew Shore led the Pioneers in scoring while Nick Shore centered the second line with Beau Bennett and Jarrod Mermis. After missing nine games at the beginning of the year with a broken finger, he scored 7 goals and 11 assists with an even plus/minus and 37 PMs.
2011-12: The second line center for the University of Denver behind older brother Drew Shore, a Panthers prospect, Nick Shore was the Pioneer’s third-leading scorer in his sophomore season. Skating in all 43 games for Denver, he scored 13 goals and his 28 assists were second most on the Pioneers (Drew Shore, the team’s leading score, had 31). One of the NCAA’s top teams, Denver reached the WCHA’s Broadmoor Trophy Championship game after finishing third in the regular season. The Pioneers fell to Ferris State in the NCAA tournament; finishing with a record of 25-14-4.
2012-13: Shore signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings in April 2013 following his junior season at Denver and was with Los Angeles during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games. Shore was Denver’s leading scorer in his final season of college hockey. In 39 games he scored 14 goals with 20 assists and was -3 with 47 penalty minutes. The Pioneers finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the WCHA, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite a first round loss to Colorado College in the WCHA tournament, and lost to New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional.
Shore is a skillful, two-way forward that is blessed with tremendous hockey sense and great hands. He thinks the game remarkably well and possesses the ability to dictate the tempo of a game. His anticipation is very good and he makes smart decisions both with and without the puck.
The young center’s hands coupled with his superb on-ice vision allow him to find open teammates and get very crisp tape-to-tape passes to them. Shore also possesses a good, active stick and does a good job of taking away lanes from opposing players.
He is strong in transition and is equally at home playing both offense and defense. Although he plays center for the University of Denver, Shore can also play on the wing. He uses his 6’0, 200-pound frame quite advantageously, particularly in high traffic areas. He also brings passion and grit to his game, and does not shy away from the physical side of it.
While Shore is known primarily as a playmaker, he also has very good finishing ability. Another of Shore’s greatest attributes is his terrific shot, but he could stand to shoot the puck more often.
Shore’s skating is also quite good. He skates with strong, smooth strides and has good balance. He is not lightning fast, but moves and accelerates very well. He also does a good job of consistently keeping his feet moving too.
Nick Shore had a lot riding on him in his 2012-13 junior season at University of Denver. He was the top player for a young squad, and will see an increase in that leadership and No. 1 gun role as his senior year is upon him. 2013-14 will be a big statement season for Shore.