Defenseman Derek Forbort stood out Friday at the Kings’ rookie camp scrimmage in El Segundo for many reasons.
He was noticeable primarily because of his increased size and his assurance on the ice, positive developments for a team that will rely on the depth of its defense to compensate for losing Rob Scuderi to free agency. But Forbort also drew notice up close because of the ugly redness in his right eye, the result of being hit in the face by a puck about a month ago back home in Duluth, Minn. He was off the ice for about a week but said the eye is now fine, aside from the lingering red color. "I should have had a visor on," he said, almost embarrassed. Forbort’s new physique is a bonus for the Kings, who regarded him as a tall, skinny project when they chose him 15th overall in the 2010 entry draft. He’s not skinny any more, carrying 218 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. Forbort, 21, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings in April.
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