Forbort left Tuesday's game against the Canucks with an upper-body injury and isn't expected to return, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. Forbort apparently went down the tunnel at some point during the second period, but it isn't specific when he sustained this injury. The 25-year-old blueliner has just one goal and nine assists this season while firing 54 shots on goal. His defensive game is where he does the talking, though, with 89 hits and 95 blocked shots to offer a plus-8 rating on the season. Updates on the severity of his absence should be available postgame or during Wednesday's skate.
Forbort is still looking for his first goal of the 2017-18 campaign. Considering Forbort tallied just a pair of goals last season while playing in all 82 games, fantasy owners shouldn't be surprised to see him unable to find the back of the net. The blueliner doesn't get a lot of pucks to the net (48 shots) and is on the ice for his defensive capabilities, so if he does score this season, it will be like trying to catch lightning in a bottle.
Forbort recorded two shots on goal and two hits in Saturday's 2-1 shootout victory over Anaheim. Forbort is now on a 10-game pointless streak after notching five assists in his first 14 contests, but he's still skating on the second pairing and averaging 19:57 of ice time. The Duluth native has become a mainstay on Los Angeles' blue line over the last two seasons, but unless he develops a power-play presence, a point total similar to last year's 18 in 82 games is a fair projection.
Forbort signed a two-year extension Thursday, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. The former University of North Dakota standout was taken in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, though he didn't go on to make his NHL debut until the 2015-16 campaign. That said, Forbort established himself as a dependable NHL defenseman last season, playing all 82 games for the Kings. Forbort has continued his strong, stay-at-home play into this season, serving as a perfect foil to the dynamic Drew Doughty on the team's top pairing.
Forbort (knee) logged 24:28 of ice time against the Canucks on Saturday, meaning he'll be healthy for the start of the season. Forbort's health was never a true worry, but he did go under the knife in April so his recovery was worth keeping an eye on. The 25-year-old blueliner is slated to be a second-rotation man, but his knack for killing penalties earns him additional ice time. Nevertheless, he's a true defenseman who struggles to find rack up points, making him a tough pick for fantasy leagues.
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