J.T. Compher

J.T. Compher

26-Year-Old CenterC
Colorado Avalanche
IR
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 12/14/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Yes, Compher posted double-digit goals (10) for a fourth straight campaign last year, but he was extremely fortunate to reach that number given the fact he stopped shooting the puck all together for some odd reason. He averaged less than one shot per game (47 in 48 games) after finishing with 106 shots in 67 games in 2020-21. It might be nothing more than a fluke, but it's a concerning number for a depth player who gets limited power-play time. The 26-year-old Illinois native likely won't be worth the trouble for most fantasy players in 2021-22. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Avalanche in July of 2019.
Could join team during trip
CColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
November 29, 2021
Compher (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL media site, but could link up with the team during its five-game road trip starting Wednesday in Toronto, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Compher has already missed six games due to his upper-body issue and figures to be sidelined for at least a couple more even if he does eventually link up with the team. With Nathan MacKinnon (lower body) poised to return to action, the Avs shouldn't see a significant drop-off down the middle of the lineup with Compher unavailable.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:24
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:46
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
16:45
2:03
2:15
2020–21
14:13
1:22
2:16
2021–22
18:24
3:46
2:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Compher turned in another 30-point campaign with 11 goals, 20 helpers and 106 shots on goal in 2019-20. He's become an all-situations player -- five of his points came on the power play, while another three were shorthanded assists. Compher is once again poised to feature on the third line and second power-play unit in 2020-21. Even with a shortened season ahead, there's a chance Compher can reach the 30-point mark for a third straight year, making him worth a look in deeper fantasy formats.
The Sabres dished Compher -- a second-round (35th overall) pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft -- to the Avalanche in a blockbuster deal involving Ryan O'Reilly back in 2015. Fast forward four years, and O'Reilly is a newly minted Conn Smythe Trophy winner (for the Blues), while Compher lags behind as a promising forward, albeit one who could stand to refine his defensive chops. Unfortunately, the fourth-year American has a minus-37 rating working against his progressive output of 60 points (32 goals, 28 assists) through 156 career games. Compher typically lines up on the left wing, but he's versatile and takes the occasional draw as a supplement to his established power-play role. There's hope that Compher will break out offensively after signing a four-year, $14 million contract extension in July, and riding shotgun with captain Gabriel Landeskog and offensive wunderkind Nathan Mackinnon presents a dream assignment for him.
Following a promising 21-game stint with the Avalanche in 2016-17, Compher predictably bypassed those five points by a wide margin in his first full season by racking up 13 goals and 10 assists. His presence on the power play further solidified him as a fantasy candidate in deep leagues, though a minus-29 rating resulted in major drawbacks to those who invested. Another offseason under his belt and the addition of Philipp Grubauer should assist in the improvement of that statistic, but it's difficult to see him improving too much when he already averaged 16:00 of ice time in his sophomore season.
Compher fits in with Colorado's youth movement, given that he's just 22 years old. The 35th pick in the 2013 NHL draft can play either center or wing, but he didn't flash much offense in a limited sample as a rookie last season, netting just three goals and two assists over 21 games. That said, he was a stud scorer in his final college season (63 points in 38 games) and a solid performer in the AHL last year (30 in 41), so there's notable upside here. Compher is expected to reprise a bottom-six role, though a move into the more desirable second-line center spot isn't out of the question if 19-year-old Tyson Jost can't hold down the role.
Compher, the 35th selection in June’s NHL Draft, spent last season with the U.S. National Development Team, posting 24 points in 21 games. He’s a versatile forward who has seen high praise for his leadership and intensity levels. The long-term potential is there for Compher, but for now he’s committed to the University of Michigan, where he will begin his collegiate career this fall.
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Will miss about a month
CColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
November 15, 2021
Compher (upper body) is expected to miss approximately a month, per coach Jared Bednar, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Unknown timetable
CColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
November 14, 2021
Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said Compher (upper body) "pulled something" and could be out a couple days "or much longer," Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
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Injured Saturday
CColorado Avalanche
Upper Body
November 13, 2021
Compher left Saturday's game against San Jose with an upper-body injury and will not return, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Tallies in top-line twirl
CColorado Avalanche
November 11, 2021
Compher scored a power-play goal on two shots in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Canucks.
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Elevates to top line
CColorado Avalanche
November 11, 2021
Compher will replace Nathan MacKinnon (lower body) as the top-line center for Thursday's game against the Canucks, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
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