JT Compher

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of Denver Post

Fantasy Summary

A complete player fit for a middle-six role


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 10.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth April 8, 1995
Height 6‘0”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2013 Round 2; Overall: 35

Observations

March 2018 – I wouldn’t call it a breakout season for Compher, but he has improved in most fantasy categories since 2017-18, despite missing time to injury. His 32 points in 62 games is certainly of interest in deep leagues (although his shooting percentage is higher than usual), and he’s seeing a higher aTOI which raises his ceiling. He also still provides a good number of FW despite being primarily a winger, adding extra fantasy value in some leagues. He is officially a bona fide middle-six player and this is likely his role moving forward, but she till has room to grow offesnively. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – Compher returned with a bang after missing a month with a concussion. He slotted right back into the 2nd line where he left off, and scored two shorthanded goals in his return. Extremely positive news for fantasy owners to see he has not been replaced in the top-six. Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2018 – After a blazing start to the season with 4 points in 5 games as 2nd line RW, Compher is out indefinitely with a head injury. His shot rate was not at all sustainable, so there’s a chance the magic doesn’t return right away when he does. Keep an eye on who fills his void. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2018 – Compher’s 2017-18 season saw him swinging between the top-six due to his strong forechecking ability and the bottom-six due to his underwhelming production (23 points at year’s end). His work ethic is there but his ability to finish still needs to reach NHL speed. He provides good FOW stats considering his winger-eligibility and not-bad SOG/hits/blocks so is certainly worth hanging on to in roto leagues. Hayden Soboleski November 2017 – Compher is set to return from injury. Following the Duchene trade, the team has said that the second-line center spot is Compher’s for the time being. Expect a bump in his personal production, especially faceoff wins, but temper your expectations for the line – you dont score more after subtracting Duchene. Hayden Soboleski October 2017 – Compher has suffered a broken thumb and is out indefinitely. So much for my expected point totals in the previous update. Hayden Soboleski October 2017 – Compher is a full-time Av as exected, currently receiving 3rd-line minutes. His advanced metrics are struggling a bit, but he’s put up three points in four games so far so we should be excited for when the line really starts clicking. He is a safe bet to stay in the lineup so is certainly worth owning in leagues deep enough to value 40-50 point players. Hayden Soboleski September 2017 – After 25 NHL games last season, Compher is on track to be a full-time NHLer this year. He was a standout at the regional rookie tournament and is without-a-doubt one of the highest-energy wingers on the team. Look for him to move up-and-down the lineup, get you faceoff wins from a winger position, and even potentially earn PP and PK time. Expect 35-45 points in 2017-18, with a ceiling of more. Hayden Soboleski March 2016. Compher has been called up to the Avalanche. The Rampage’s third-leading scorer (but first in points-per-game) will add scoring depth and a touch of “hard-to-play-against” to a deflated Avs squad. He missed 14 games to injury earlier in the season, but has been a steady rookie prescence since returning. Hayden Soboleski October 2016 – After a very impressive training camp and rookie tournament, the Avs made the tough decision to send Compher to the AHL to start the season. He did everything necessary to earn an NHL spot, and will absolutely get a chance some time this year. But right now the team has more depth to choose from for their bottom-six than in recent years, and letting a young player get some big minutes in San Antonio is a safe coice for the team. Hayden Soboleski April 2016 – Compher has signed an ELC with the Avs. This accelerates his NHL timeline – he will make a push for a roster spot right away and could earn a chance in 2016-17 with a strong training camp. A year in the AHL is more likely, but his wait wont be long and the team will be excited to get the intense and hard-working forward into the lineup as soon as he’s ready. Hayden Soboleski April 2016 – Compher’s season ended on a high note, being named to the Team USA IIHF World Championships roster. He has worked hard for this honor, after scoring 63 points (16G, 37A) in 38 games while captaining the Wolverines. He will likely return for his senior year at the school, but his gritty game and ability to play with highly skilled players (see: linemate Kyle Connor) make his a good bet to transition smoothly to pro when the time comes. Hayden Soboleski December 2015 – Compher has become yet another strong Avalanche prosect developing in the NCAA. The Michigan captain currently has three goals and 12 assists in 13 games. Coach Berenson highly praises JT, calling him a leader and an intense competitor. Hayden Soboleski June 2015 – As part of the package that brought Ryan O’Rielly to the Buffalo Sabres, JT Compher, along with Mikhail Grigoranko and Nikita Zadorov, was shipped to the Colorado Avalanche. Brendan Ross February 2015- Two words, sophomore slump. We’ve all heard of the curse before and it seems to have hit Compher hard this season. Compher put forth a fantastic freshman year, earning himself the inaugural Big 10 Freshmen of the Year honors along the way. He currently ranks 10th in team scoring, a far cry from his first-place billing of 31 points in 35 games last season. The Northbrook, IL native didn’t help his case with a disappointing WJC and if he doesn’t turn things around he could see himself buried in Buffalo’s depth chart pecking order. Keep in mind when he was drafted he was labelled as a two-way player who thrives on his high motor and energy meaning maybe he benefit from a little more luck than usual in his breakout season. Time is of the essence in Buffalo so they will stay patient with the talented youngster. Travis Watson December 2014- JT Compher is one of four Michigan Wolverines to make the 2015 USA World Junior team where he’s also joined by a fellow Buffalo Sabres prospect in last years trade acqusition Hudson Fasching. If that’s not enough he’s also one of 13 players who played at least four games for the 2012-13 USNDT program so there will be a ton of familiarity and chemistry spread throughout the roster. That chemistry could prove critical in such a short tournament and it could give the US a major advantage over the competition. As per usual the Americans are one of the favourites heading into the 2015 WJHC and Compher will be a lynchpin for the team and his play will be vital for a team with championship aspirations. Travis Watson January 2014 – Compher has returned much earlier than expected after breaking his foot from blocking a shot back at Team USA’s evaluation camp for the 2014 World Juniors. There had been concern that he had broken his foot back in mid-December and it was thought to be a major reason as to why he wasn’t selected for the 2014 World Junior Championships but upon further inspection from the Wolverines medical staff it was determined it was just a bone bruise and the Wolverines are happy they didn’t have to be without their star freshman for long. For his efforts, Compher was named Ben Ten’s First Star of the week ending on January 27th after a two goal and two assist effort in his best performance of the season, helping sweep there state rivals in the Michigan State Spartans. Compher currently leads all Michigan skaters with nine goals and 11 assists sitting at a point-per-game pace as of January 30th. He plays in all key situations with him and his linemates providing the offense to spark the Big Blue attack. He is a very reliable two-way player the current Sabre’s lineup desperately needs and will be giving every opportunity to be that player for them within the next couple of seasons. Travis Watson December 2013 – It’s official, Compher will miss the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championship after suffering a broken foot from a blocked shot during Monday’s practice. The injury comes at an absolute terrible time for Compher as he was one of the players figured to be a lock to make the Team USA roster. Compher is the second Sabre’s prospect to be ruled out for the tournament after Sweden’s Gustav Possler was sent home due to lingering knee pain from a previous injury suffered a little over a month ago. Compher’s injury is expected to keep him out of game action for the next three-to-four weeks. Travis Watson December 2013 – Compher joins Michigan teammate Andrew Copp who were both named to Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships. Compher who leads the Wolverines attack with 14 points in 13 games played to date has a great chance to stick with the team because of his talent, relentless effort and deep roots within the National team program. With only three returning players and status of one of those three (Hartman) unknown for the tournament Team USA will be bringing a much different team to Malmo and will need everyone firing on all cylinders if they wish to repeat. Travis Watson July 2013 – With the 35th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres selected JT Compher of the US National Development program. Compher will be participating in Buffalo’s development camp from July 10-12th and then preparing for College life as he is a University of Michigan recruit for the 2013-14 season. Travis Watson March 2013 – JT Compher was named CCM Forward of the Week (ending March 9th) after registering two goals and seven points with a plus-6 rating in two weekly games. Compher currently sits second in USA Under-18 Team scoring with 17 points in 14 contests and his 13 assists are best among his teammates. Compher is a pass-first forward that has modest offensive upside but his two-way versatility will almost assure him of a top 50 selection at the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross December 2012 – Compher is definitely getting NHL scouting attention this season. The Michigan commit is a possible 1st or 2nd round draft selection in 2013. The biggest asset perhaps in his game is his drive. He gives a relentless effort each shift. This was exemplified at the All-American Prospects Game this past September. Compher was not afraid to finish his checks. He has high hockey IQ and awareness in both the offensive and defensive zones. He also can skate and possesses a nice set of mitts. The best part is he plays a determined game. Russ Bitely


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Team Illinois Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 31 24 17 41 24 |          
 2010-2011 Team Illinois U16 T1EHL U16 34 17 22 39 56 |          
 2011-2012 USNTDP Juniors USHL 32 13 14 27 37 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 40 15 27 42 53 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 18 8 5 13 4 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 3 6 9 14 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 6 2 3 5 4 |          
 2012-2013 USNTDP Juniors USHL 21 7 17 24 23 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 52 18 32 50 51 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 3 4 7 8 |          
 2013-2014 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 35 11 20 31 22 |          
 2014-2015 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 34 12 12 24 40 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Michigan NCAA 38 16 47 63 28 |          
  USA WC 10 1 2 3 2 |          
 2016-2017 Colorado Avalanche NHL 21 3 2 5 4 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 41 13 17 30 22 |          
  USA WC 8 2 0 2 0 |          
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 13 10 23 20 | Playoffs 6 0 3 3
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 16 16 32 31 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3

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