Derek Forbort
Derek Forbort
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 27-year-old has solidified his spot as the Kings' top stay-at-home defenseman over the last three seasons, recording triple-digit hits and blocked shots in each of them while mainly leaving the offensive duties to Drew Doughty -- Forbort has never scored more than two goals or 18 points in a season. His status as a pending free agent could make him a prime trade target, but the organization's lack of blue-line depth will make him tough to replace if he does get dealt. Forbort's fantasy value is limited to formats that account for his secondary contributions, but his value to a real-life defense corps -- and to the goaltenders he skates in front of -- is much higher. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year extension through the 2019-20 season with the Kings in October of 2017. Traded to the Kings in February of 2020.
Finds twine in Game 2
DCalgary Flames
August 13, 2020
Forbort scored a goal in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars in Game 2.
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The Stars failed to clear their zone and Forbort was there to float an unassisted goal past Ben Bishop. The tally is Forbort's first as a Flame -- he added his first point with the team, an assist, in Game 1. Despite the recent surge, the 28-year-old is typically used in a defensive role and shouldn't be counted on for offense.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:51
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:14
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:44
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:59
 
Ice Time
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Short-Handed
2017–18
20:47
0:07
2:42
2018–19
20:45
0:03
2:17
2019–20
17:51
0:00
1:14
2019–20
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1:59
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Forbort's value at this point in his career comes in leagues that reward defensive play. He topped 100 in both hits and blocked shots last year (120 and 129), and given that he managed 18 points in each of the past two seasons, he's not a total liability on the offensive side. But in leagues that do not use defensive categories, Forbort just doesn't produce enough to be worth a roster spot. One point every four games is fine when you contribute in other ways, but in offense-heavy leagues, Forbort won't have enough opportunities to do that.
The 2010 first round selected took the long road to the NHL with a three-year stop at the University of North Dakota and two full seasons in the AHL before splitting 2015-16 between the AHL Ontario Reign and the Kings. Forbort made up for lost time with a promising first full season in the NHL, though. He owns the size and skating ability to play a shutdown role, but Forbort is also capable of making smart outlet passes. The 25-year-old defenseman also settled into a solid pair with Drew Doughty at even strength, which is a cushy fantasy setup if the partnership carries into 2017-18. Still, Forbort's offensive upside is capped, and his fantasy value is limited to his contributions in the PIM, hits and blocked shots categories.
Forbort was drafted as a two-way defensemen with some offensive upside, but that hasn't really materialized in three seasons at the University of North Dakota. He has the size (6-4, 218) to log heavy minutes, but needs to improve his offensive game to be much of a fantasy factor. He'll head to the AHL if he opts to forego his last season at North Dakota.
Forbort, the 15th overall pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, hasn't taken the step forward that many were envisioning from the 6-5, smooth-skating defenseman. He's still just 20 years old, but needs to start showing some signs of improvement. He did seem to elevate his game after suffering a foot injury at the 2012 World Junior Championship tournament, picking up nine points in his last 17 games. Hope remains.
Forbort's a smooth-skating defenseman, though it hasn't translated into an offensive game yet. The 15th overall selection in the 2010 entry draft posted 15 assists (no goals) in 38 games for North Dakota and he'll look to continue to refine his game before making the next jump.
The Kings had to be thrilled when Forbort slipped in the draft as they moved up two spots to grab him with the 15th overall pick. He skates well for someone his size (6'4") but doesn't really project as a standout at either end of the rink. He'll be a nice second pair defenseman once he matures but will need a few years before he's a candidate to skate with the Kings.
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First point with Flames
DCalgary Flames
August 11, 2020
Forbort registered an assist and four shots on goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Stars in Game 1 of their first-round series.
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Sent to Pacific Division foe
DCalgary Flames
February 24, 2020
The Flames acquired Forbort from the Kings for a 2021 conditional fourth-round pick Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
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Uses body in return
DLos Angeles Kings
January 30, 2020
Forbort (undisclosed) racked up six hits, three blocked shots and two shots on net in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes.
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Back in lineup Thursday
DLos Angeles Kings
January 30, 2020
Forbort (undisclosed) will enter the lineup for Thursday's game against Arizona, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
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Slated to sit out Wednesday
DLos Angeles Kings
Undisclosed
January 29, 2020
Forbort (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Wednesday's game versus the Lightning, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.
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