Denver Junior Nick Shore Set to Sign With L.A. Kings

Denver's Nick Shore particpiating at USA World Junior Evaluation Camp - Getty Images Sport: Bruce Bennett

The former third-round pick has decided to forgo his senior season to sign an NHL contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Denver junior forward Nick Shore is forgoing his senior season with the Pioneers to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Shore was selected by the Kings in the third-round, 82nd overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Shore is Denver's third early departure -- defenseman Scott Mayfield and goaltender Juho Olkinuora are the others -- since the school egregiously fired long-time head coach George Gwozdecky April 1.

A Denver, Colo., native, Shore will report immediately to the Kings. By being put on the active roster, the Kings are burning a year off his entry-level, three-year contract. By doing so, he'll be eligible to get out of the entry-level system one season sooner.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Shore led Denver in points this past season with 34, and was second on the team in goals with 14. Shore finishes his Denver career with 34 goals and 93 points in 116 games over three seasons.

Shore's older brother, Drew, left the Pioneers last year following his junior season to sign with the Florida Panthers. Drew Shore has registered 11 points in 35 games in his NHL rookie campaign.

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