Kings have agreed to terms with Jack Campbell, Nic Dowd & Derek Forbort
/ Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Jack Campbell, restricted free agent center Nic Dowd, and restricted free agent defenseman Derek Forbort, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. All three players have signed new two-year contracts with the Kings.
The Kings acquired the 24-year-old Campbell (born January 9, 1992), from Dallas in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert on June 25. The 6-3, 200-pound native of Port Huron, Mich., appeared in 19 regular season games with the Texas Stars (AHL) last season, posting a 7-7-5 record with a 3.65 GAA and a .884 SV%. He also played in three playoff games with Texas, registering a 1-2 record, a 4.45 GAA and a .880 SV%. Additionally, Campbell appeared in 20 regular season games last year with the Idaho Steelheads (ECHL), posting a 14-5-1 record with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV%.
Campbell made his NHL debut (only NHL appearance) during the 2013-14 season, making 41 saves in a 6-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on October 20, 2013. Drafted by Dallas in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he has appeared in 122 regular season games with Texas, posting a 56-43-10 record with a 2.79 GAA, a .908 SV% and nine shutouts. Campbell was also a member of the Texas Stars 2014 Calder Cup Championship team.
Campbell has made multiple appearances for Team USA, highlighted by two gold medals at the U18 World Junior Championships (2009 and 2010), a gold medal and a bronze medal at the U20 World Junior Championships (2010 and 2011 respectively) and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships.
The 26-year-old Dowd (born May 27, 1990) was originally selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (198th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-2, 195-pound native of Huntsville, Ala., made his Kings/NHL debut at Minnesota on March 22, 2016, and he played five regular season games with the Kings last season (5 GP, 0-0=0, +1, 2 PIM). Dowd also appeared in 58 regular season games with the Ontario Reign (AHL) last season, where he served as an alternate captain. He finished second on the team in overall scoring with 48 points (14-34=48, +13, 49 PIM), and he also tied for the team lead with 34 assists. Dowd led the Reign in playoff scoring with 11 points (4-7=11, +2, 14 PIM) in 13 playoff games and he tied for the team lead with four playoff goals, helping the Reign advance to the AHL’s Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive season.
Dowd spent his first full professional season with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) in 2014-15, where he collected 41 points (9-32=41, +17, 44 PIM) in 75 regular season games. His 32 assists ranked fourth on the team and his 41 points ranked seventh overall. Dowd added another 13 points (7-6=13, +6, 10 PIM) in 19 playoff games, helping the Monarchs win the 2015 Calder Cup championship.
Dowd made his AHL debut in 2013-14, appearing in seven regular season games (0-3=3, 0 PIM) and four postseason games (1-0=1, 0 PIM) with the Monarchs after wrapping up his collegiate career at St. Cloud State University (NCAA). Dowd, a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 2014, recorded 22 goals and 40 points (22-18=40, 32 PIM) in 38 games during his senior season (2013-14).
The 24-year-old Forbort (born March 4, 1992) was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (15th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-4, 216-pound native of Duluth, Minn., made his Kings/NHL debut vs. Minnesota on October 16, 2015, and he scored his first NHL goal at Vancouver on December 28, 2015. In 14 regular season games with the Kings last season, he collected two points (1-1=2, 17 PIM). Forbort also appeared in 40 regular season games with the Reign last season, totaling 10 points (2-8=10, +13, 40 PIM), and another 13 playoff games with the Reign during the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, totaling two points (0-2=2, +1, 0 PIM).
Like Dowd, Forbort was a member of the 2015 Calder Cup Champion Manchester Monarchs, as he recorded six points (0-6=6, +10, 12 PIM) over 19 playoff games. During the 2014-15 regular season, he registered an AHL career high four goals and 15 points (4-11=15, +23, 52 PIM) over 67 regular season games while finishing first among defensemen and third overall on the team with a +23 rating. Forbort also set AHL career highs in games played (74), assists (16) and points (17) during his first full professional season (2013-14), also spent in Manchester with the Monarchs.
Forbort made his AHL debut in 2012-13, appearing in six regular season games (0-1=1, 0 PIM) and four postseason games (0-0=0, 4 PIM) with the Monarchs after deciding to turn pro upon completion of his junior season at the University of North Dakota (NCAA). He recorded 16 points (4-12=16, 26 PIM) in 41 games with UND during the 2012-13 season.
Like Campell, Forbort has excelled for Team USA. Forbort and Campbell were teammates when Team USA captured the gold medal at the 2010 U18 World Junior Championships and the bronze medal at the 2011 U20 World Junior Championships. Forbort registered two points (0-2=2, 6 PIM) in seven games at the 2010 tournament, and he went scoreless in six games (0-0=0, 0 PIM) at the 2011 tournament.