JT Compher

by Hayden Soboleski on October 13, 2017

JT Compher - Photo Courtesy of USAHockey.com

 

JT Compher, LW/C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-10

Weight: 178

Born: 1995-4-8

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Drafted: 2013 by Buffalo Sabres, 35th Overall

 

 

Observations:

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

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

A complete player whose offensive game is coming along nicely.

 

Footage:

 

Post-game interview in Buffalo, NY after USA Hockey’s All-American Prospect Game.

 

 

 

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