Who is JT Compher?

In the wake of shipping Jarome Iginla to the LA Kings the Colorado Avalanche recalled forward JT Compher from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

Name: JT Compher
Age: 21
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 182
Position: Plays all forward positions

JT compher was one of the players that the Avalanche got in the Blockbuster trade from last summer when they sent Ryan O’Rielly to the Buffalo Sabers. Compher has been one of the top prospects in the Avalanche system sense his acquisition. Compher had his best season in NCAA Hockey after the trade being named to NCAA All Star Honors that year. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker award.

After Compher was signed by the Avalanche to his Entry level contract he put up solid numbers with the Rampage scoring 13 goals and and 17 assists for 30 points total in his first 41 games. He is currently 3rd on the team in scoring even though he has missed 14 games due to injury this season.

Here is a quick scouting report by The Hockey News Player Forecaster

SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Skates very well and has plenty of two-way upside. Can play either wing or center, and he oozes work ethic and leadership. That adds a lot of value to his overall package.
Flaws: Doesn’t have ideal size for the National Hockey League game, which may hinder his ability to play with enough gumption to thrive at the highest level. Isn’t an elite scorer.
Career Potential: Versatile two-way forward with some upside.

I have been excited to watch the development of JT ever sense we picked him up in the O’Rielly trade. I feel like he is a much larger piece to the trade then we may know on the outside. Some of his early reports from draft time sound eerily similar to those of the former Ryan O’Rielly.

As the league shifts more and more to the smaller faster skilled game that we have seen the last few years I think that guys like JT Compher and Ricco Grimaldi (another Avalanche prospect with the Rampage) are going to get more and more opportunitys to showcase their hard work and skill at the highest levels.

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