University of Denver junior Nick Shore is forgoing his senior season to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, as reported by Andy Johnson of Western College Hockey Blog.
UPDATE, 6:50 pm: The Los Angeles Kings have announced the signing of Nick Shore.
According to Johnson, Shore will report directly to the Los Angeles Kings, which would burn a year off his entry level contract.
Shore, 20, was drafted in the third round, 82nd overall of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The six-foot center led Denver with 34 points (14-20=34) in 39 games but could not escape the first round of the NCAA tournament as the Pioneers’ season culminated with a 5-2 defeat to New Hampshire in a Northeast Regional semifinal. 19-year DU coach George Gwozdecky was fired on April 1.
Nick Shore’s older brother, 22-year-old Drew Shore, has 11 points in 35 NHL games as a rookie with the Florida Panthers. He decided to forego his senior season with Denver to sign an NHL contract on March 26, 2012. A younger brother, Quentin Shore, recently completed a 19-point freshman season for Denver.