Colorado Avalanche: Pre-Coronavirus Player Look at J.T. Compher

Colorado Avalanche forward JT Compher was having a good year before the season got put on pause. He’s an asset to the team.

Colorado Avalanche players are off to their home countries for a little over a week — or probably longer, to be honest. They won’t even be able to get together and practice informally in the team facilities until at least the end of the month, maybe longer.

The team’s season is on pause, along with all other teams, in response to COVID 19 pandemic. However, coverage of the team here on Mile High Sticking won’t be on pause.

We’re taking a look at how individual players were doing before the hockey hiatus went into effect. We’ve already evaluated three players:

Next up is forward J.T. Compher

Brief History of J.T. Compher

JT Compher is one of the Colorado Avalanche’s American players, hailing from Northbrook, Illinois. The Buffalo Sabres drafted Compher 35th-overall in 2013. Compher reported directly to the University of Michigan, where he spent three seasons.

Compher’s rights came to the Avalanche as part of the Ryan O’Reilly trade in 2015. After his third collegiate season, Compher signed his professional contract with Colorado in 2016.

Compher started the next season with the team’s then-AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, before getting his call-up to the NHL team.

J.T. Compher Stats with the Colorado Avalanche

JT Compher has played his entire NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche. That sum is 223 games. In that time, he’s recorded 43 goals and 48 assists for 91 points.

Compher has also recorded some important goals. He has five short-handed goals and three that came in overtime. In fact, he’s recorded a total of 10 game winning goals.

He’s also played in 18 playoff games. In that time he’s recorded four goals and five assists for nine points.

Evaluation of J.T. Compher with the Avalanche

JT Compher has been all up and down the lineup this season as the team struggled with injuries. He’s played both center and wing. He’s proven himself to be a very responsible two-way forward.

It’ll be a big disappointment if this season is truly over — for many reasons, of course. Concerning Compher, of course, the disappointment comes in the fact he was just one point shy of matching his career-best in points from last season.

If the seasons has come to an end — and I don’t think it has — JT Compher will have scored the last goal of the season. It was an overtime winner on a beautiful shot from Cale Makar:

It makes me a little sad to watch that goal because hockey was put on pause the next day.

Next: Compher and Landeskog as Break the Ice Hosts

Anyway, JT Compher has certainly proved himself to be a valuable member of the Colorado Avalanche team. Here’s to hoping we get to see more of his hockey this season.

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