The Kings on Friday signed defenseman Derek Forbort of the University of North Dakota to a three-year entry-level contract. The 21-year-old Forbort was the Kings’ first-round pick (15th overall) in 2010 draft. He had four goals and 13 assists plus 22 penalty minutes in 42 games this past season for North Dakota, his third collegiate campaign. He is 6-foot-5 and 207 pounds, which makes him an intriguing prospect
Kings prospects Derek Forbort and Kevin Gravel were among the 40 players chosen by USA Hockey to take part in the National Junior Evaluation Camp this August in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The players will be auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 5, 2012, in Calgary and Edmonton, Alta.
Forbort, a defenseman for the University of North Dakota, helped the U.S. capture bronze at the 2010 WJC tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. The 15th overall pick at the 2010 draft, Forbort finished his collegiate season with 15 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 38 games.
Gravel, a defenseman for St. Cloud State, had one goal, six points, and four penalty minutes in 36 games last season for the Huskies.
Other local players named to the evaluation camp were Boston University forward Matt Nieto (Long Beach), Kelowna Rockets forward Shane McColgan (Manhattan Beach), U.S. Under-18 National Development Team forward Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor), and Western Michigan forward Chase Balisy (Rancho Santa Margarita).
The complete U.S. roster can be found here.
Here’s the tentative schedule of events for the evaluation camp: