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THE SHINNY: A huge defender, listed at 6'5, US-18 blueliner Derek Forbort is not afraid to get involved in the offensive zone as he registered 14 points (four goals) in 26 games against USHL competition..
Committed to the powerhouse North Dakota next season, Forbort had a fantastic Under-18 World Championships in 2010, finishing a plus-nine in the tournament as the US captured Gold.
NHL Central Scouting's Jack Barzee: “Derek Forbort has good top-end ability at both ends (of the ice). He's smart and skates so well, he's almost 6-5 and he's got everything there in front of him. It's just a matter of filling out and getting more experience. He's probably a top-two defenseman in the NHL if he reaches his potential."
US. Under-18 Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst: “Derek continues to improve every day. He is strong on both sides of the puck, but his offensive instincts are what really jump out.”
NHL Team: Minnesota North Stars NHL Player: Alexei Kovalev Shootout Move: "Backhand Cheese" Movie: Slap Shot Website: facebook.com Book: Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury Activity Away From The Rink: Volleyball
NEWS: Forbort Fit Just Fine With USNTDP (5.19.10) For Derek Forbort, jumping to the U.S. National Team Development Program from his Duluth, Minn., high school wasn't much different than being the new kid in school.
But rather than sit quietly on the sidelines, Forbort threw himself into the program and became a major piece of the team. And in the process earned accolades from scouts around the NHL.
The 6-foot-5, 198-pound defenseman is No. 9 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.