Nick Shore, F, Los An­ge­les Kings

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

When: The Avalanche hosts Shore and the Kings onMon­day in the third game of a fiveg­ame home­s­tand and a stretch that has Colorado at the Pepsi Cen­ter nine times in 10 games.

What’s up: Shore, a Univer­sity of Den­ver prod­uct, has played in all 37 games and is of­ten cen­ter­ing the likes of Olympians Mar­ian Ga­borik (Slo­vakia) and Dustin Brown (U.S.) on the sec­ond or third lines. He is a pri­mary penalty killer and some­times seen on the power play. His sta­tis­tics— two goals and six points— sug­gest he’s on the brink of be­ing sent down to the mi­nors. But he’s in the lineup ev­ery night, and the Kings be­lieve his scor­ing will come.

Back­ground: Shore, 23, won the Calder Cup with the Manch­esterMonar­chs last spring af­ter the Kings missed the play­offs and chose to send him back to the Amer­i­can Hockey League for more sea­son­ing. He had 18 points in 19 play­off games, with a plus-12 rat­ing. Shore made his NHL de­but last sea­son, mostly play­ing on a fourth line, just one year af­ter leav­ing DU fol­low­ing his ju­nior year.

Cham­bers’ take: This is a story of a smart, two-way hockey player who is among the tidal wave of tal­ent com­ing out of Colorado. Shore was born in Den­ver and was the sec­ond of three broth­ers to play for the Pi­o­neers. He fits in nicely on an NHL team that makes win­ning puck bat­tles the No. 1 job re­quire­ment.

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