Nick Shore
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Nick Shore

Hometown:

Denver Colorado

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-09-26

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

3rd round (82nd overall), 2011

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

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.

2013-14: Shore skated in 68 of 76 regular season games for Los Angeles AHL affiliate Manchester in his first pro season. He scored 14 goals with 24 assists and was +18 with 36 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. Shore had 1 assist and was -1 with no penalties in four playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

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 its tempo. His anticipation is very good and he makes smart decisions both with and without the puck. Shore’s hands coupled with his superb on-ice vision allow him to find open teammates and make crisp tape-to-tape passes. He has a good, active stick and does a good job of taking away lanes defensively. He is strong in transition and is equally at home playing both offense and defense. Shore can play both wing and center and uses his frame advantageously, particularly in high traffic areas. He brings passion and grit and does not shy away from physical contact. He is primarily a playmaker but has finishing ability. Another of Shore’s attributes is a terrific shot. He skates with strong, smooth strides and has good balance. He is not lightning fast, but moves and accelerates very well; consistently keeping his feet moving.

Future

Shore opened the 2014-15 season with Los Angeles AHL affiliate Manchester — making his NHL debut with the Kings on January 17th in a game against Anaheim. Now in his second pro season, he was scoring at a better than point-per-game pace for the Monarchs with 42 points in 38 AHL games. Since being called up by Los Angeles, Shore has played a two-way, lower line role for the Kings but his offensive production should increase as he becomes more accustomed to the NHL game. Long-term Shore projects as a second or third line center who creates scoring chances fairly consistently.

 

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