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04-30-2012, 10:18 PM
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Trevor Lewis and Derek Forbort

Devils fan coming in peace. I come here to ask you about the two players named above, Trevor Lewis and Derek Forbort. I assume as Kings fans you know the story of Lewis, so I ask you, what is his future in regards to upside, role, and how long he will remain a King?

In regards to Derek Forbort, how has his development progressed? Does he look like a good pick? What is his upside?

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Lewis is underachieving in regards to his draft position, but he is filling out as a tremendous depth player. He has speed and every now and again he has flashes of elite hands, but they are rare flashes. For the most part, he is an energy guy who is good along the boards and making things happen. His upside is a third line right wing. When he was drafted his upside was either a second line center or one of the most elite third line centers in the league. That was literally put into his potential on many scouting reports, they all thought he would likely become an elite third line player. Don't know if he will ever be elite, but he is a solid depth player.

Forbort has been developing slowly, but that was known at the time of his drafting. He was always scheduled as a long term project and the Kings took him as such. They envision him replacing Mitchell, Scuderi, or Greene one day. His upside is probably a 3-4 defensive shutdown defenseman. Still has a lot of time to develop and the Kings are more than willing to wait on him. He is one of the least likely players to be moved from our depth chart because we only have him and Gravel in terms of defensive defensemen prospects. Everyone else is either an offensive defenseman or a mobile defenseman who is more on the offensive side of things.

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Thanks, I guess that pretty much answers my question.

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The Kings organization have been extremely patient with Lewis since he was drafted in 2006 and it has paid dividends. He has turned out to be a solid 3rd/4th liner. He is arguably the King's best penalty killer. He has yet to reach his full offensive potential. As he gains confidence his point totals will rise. I anticipate a 30 point season in the next two years. Lewis has turned into a extremely reliable player who should remain with the Kings for some significant time.

Forbort is a typical player with all the tools and no tool box. The Kings organization knew he was a project when they drafted him. He has regressed a little this year but still has a lot of potential. It is still extremely early in his development. Get back to us in two years.

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The Kings organization have been extremely patient with Lewis since he was drafted in 2006 and it has paid dividends. He has turned out to be a solid 3rd/4th liner. He is arguably the King's best penalty killer. He has yet to reach his full offensive potential. As he gains confidence his point totals will rise. I anticipate a 30 point season in the next two years. Lewis has turned into a extremely reliable player who should remain with the Kings for some significant time.

Forbort is a typical player with all the tools and no tool box. The Kings organization knew he was a project when they drafted him. He has regressed a little this year but still has a lot of potential. It is still extremely early in his development. Get back to us in two years.
That's odd. They called Forbort the best defenseman heading into the college tourney. He had a rough start of the year but has been described as dominant in the second half. Fans of the team on the prospects page said the lights turned on mid season and was unstoppable.

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Lewis is almost a PK specialist at this point. He brings a lot of energy to the third/fourth line, sure, but his biggest contribution is on the PK. Very good at clearing the puck, stripping the puck and breaking up plays. I still have hopes for him to become a second liner but, I'm happy with him as is.

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That's odd. They called Forbort the best defenseman heading into the college tourney. He had a rough start of the year but has been described as dominant in the second half. Fans of the team on the prospects page said the lights turned on mid season and was unstoppable.
This is much closer than the poster you quoted (he was certainly playing the best heading in, best might be a stretch). I think the big thing Kings fans need to do, is look at other big defensemen (he is 6'4) and how long it takes them to develop. Hedman/Larrson ranked much higher have each had their struggles in the league. Hell Myers seemed to have regressed....And Chara/Pronger go without saying, but I feel those comparisons would be unfair to Derek.

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Forbort has also had some injuries and played through them. I do know in his Freshman year, he played with a broken hand. It hampered him in the World Jrs. I think he also had an injury this year as well and played though it. At least one poster on this board saw him a lot and said he has shown much improvement this season. I only saw him in 1 game and cannot say much about his play, other than his skating was very good and he didn't stand out much.

As far as mentioning other Kings defensive prospects, I think Muzzin may end up being the best. I just hope he gets his chance and they do not trade him.

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I'm a huge believer that you don't need to score points to be a valuable player. So while Trevor Lewis may not ever score 20 goals in a season, players with his speed and determination are crucial. He has really picked up his physical game since Sutter was hired too. I hope he stays a King for a long time.

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