The future of the Los Angeles Kings just got much brighter as they signed defenseman Derek Forbort to a three-year entry-level contract.
A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Forbort was drafted by the Kings 15thoverall in 2010. At 6’5, 207 pounds, Forbort’s size complements an organization that has a lot of it but he won’t be joining the big club just yet.
Having just wrapped up his three-year collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, Forbort will join Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, for the remainder of their season.
In 115 career games with the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota, Forbort accumulated six goals and 39 assists to go along with 80 penalty minutes.
For those expecting the lanky blueliner to be donning a Kings uniform soon, don’t hold your breath as Forbort will need his share of development in the farm system before playing for the Kings on a full-time basis.
With that said, it’s still a great day for the Los Angeles Kings in terms of their future and I, like many others, cannot wait to see how Derek Forbort fares in Manchester before moving up to the big club.