J.T. Compher
J.T. Compher
24-Year-Old CenterC
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14 million contract with the Avalanche in July of 2019.
Not shooting as often
CColorado Avalanche
February 15, 2020
Compher has eight goals and 25 points with a plus-11 rating in 53 games this season.
ANALYSIS
While the 24-year-old has a career best in the plus/minus and could reach a new career high in points, he's not shooting as often, which is hurting his value. He's averaging just 2.6 shot attempts and 1.5 shots on net per game this season. Each of the last two seasons, he's posted at least 2.9 shot attempts and 1.7 shots on goal per contest. Compher is healthy, so he could get close to his goal production from last season when he played just 66 games, but from a per-game perspective, Compher is experiencing a down season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:53
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:11
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
16:00
2:11
1:24
2018–19
17:29
3:07
1:53
2019–20
15:53
1:41
2:11
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Distributes assist Sunday
CColorado Avalanche
February 9, 2020
Compher provided an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Wild.
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Looking for more shots
CColorado Avalanche
January 17, 2020
Compher recorded a shot on net, one hit and two blocks in a 4-0 victory over the Sharks on Thursday.
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Scores twice in losing cause
CColorado Avalanche
January 7, 2020
Compher lit the lamp twice in a 5-3 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.
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Piles on with PPG
CColorado Avalanche
January 2, 2020
Compher netted a power-play goal on four shots in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Blues.
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Manages pair of helpers
CColorado Avalanche
December 23, 2019
Compher had two assists, one while shorthanded, in Monday's 7-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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