JT Compher Listed as Top Five Breakout Players in 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

DENVER, CO – The Stanley Cup playoffs are always full of excitement and surprises, and as the best players tend to lead their teams deep into playoffs, the supporting cast and unexpected players are the ones who help push the team to the next level. We are going to look at five players who had breakout performances during these playoffs and how their careers can only go up from here.

JT Compher

Even though J.T. Compher hasn’t had a huge jump in points per game from the regular season, he was able to step up in a big way when Nazem Kadri was injured and even before that. He played just nine minutes in Game 6 versus the St. Louis Blues but scored two goals. He followed that performance up with a two-goal game in the first meeting between the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers playing just under 13 minutes.

Compher’s goals came at timely moments and he did so in the bottom-six, but when Kadri missed some games, he easily stepped into his spot and provided the Avalanche with a solid second-line replacement, almost as if nothing had changed. Seeing as how stacked the Avalanche are and the impact some of the top players have had, Compher’s contributions may be overlooked, but shouldn’t be. The team may need him to be their second-line center moving forward as they will likely lose Kadri to free agency in the offseason.

J.T. Compher has Become the Avalanche’s Secret Weapon

DENVER, CO – As Nazem Kadri slammed into the boards thanks to a blind-side hit from Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final, the shockwave of his absence hit the Colorado Avalanche like a neutron bomb.

Or, at least, it should have.

Sure, the Avalanche were in the midst of dismantling an overmatched Oilers squad when Kadri went down. They likely would have beaten them anyway. But regardless of the matchup, losing a top-six center who scored at a 110-point pace in the regular season at a crucial moment in a do-or-die Cup run would be a sucker punch from which very few teams can recover nonetheless.

Compher comes up big for Avalanche in Game 3 of Western Final

EDMONTON, AB – It should have been one of the great celebrations of J.T. Compher‘s NHL career.

Had he actually witnessed the puck cross the goal line, it likely would have been.

Instead, the Colorado Avalanche forward had no idea that his snap shot had snuck through the legs of Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith with 7:18 remaining in the third period for what would prove to be the winning goal in a 4-2 victory at Rogers Place on Saturday.

“Shot five-hole and I didn’t see it go in,” the 27-year-old said. “I thought it was in his pads the way he was moving.”

As the Oilers crowd let out a collective groan, Compher finally took another look. That’s when the reality set in. The puck was in the net.

“It took me a second to get there,” he said. “It was nice to see when I finally did see it in the net.”

Not only for him, but for the entire Avalanche team. The goal, after all, lifted Colorado to a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Final heading into Game 4 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; TNT, CBC, SN, TVAS).

While Compher proved to be the hero of Game 3, his importance for the Avalanche moving forward certainly gained traction after Nazem Kadri sustained an undisclosed injury at 1:06 of the first period.

With the Oilers leading 1-0 on a goal by captain Connor McDavid 38 seconds into the game, Kadri was hit from behind on a dangerous play by forward Evander Kane and was down on the ice for several minutes before being helped off with the aid of a trainer. Kane was assessed a major penalty for boarding on the play.

Having lost his second-line center, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar responded by moving Compher into Kadri’s spot between Artturi Lehkonen and Mikko Rantanen.

He might be there for a while, given the severity of Kadri’s injury.

Bednar announced after the game that Kadri will be out for the remainder of the series, if not longer. The Avalanche did not reveal the extent of the injury, but there is no doubt it is serious given the coach’s diagnosis.

Time for Compher to step up. On this night, he did.

“You lose a guy of ‘Naz’s’ stature and the role that he plays, someone has to step up, if not multiple guys,” Bednar said. “And I thought J.T. has been playing some really good hockey lately, finding a way to get on the score sheet.

JT Compher scores twice, Avalanche beat Blues 3-2 to Win Series

ST. LOUIS, MO – Colorado coach Jared Bednar had been looking for a little extra aggressiveness from veteran center Darren Helm.

Bednar got his wish on Friday night.

Helm scored with 5.6 seconds left and Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots as the Avalanche finished off their second-round series with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.

“We wanted him to be assertive and not so safe,” Bednar said.

J.T. Compher scored twice for Colorado, which advanced to the Western Conference finals for first time since 2002. The Avalanche had been eliminated in the second round each of the past three years.

Colorado opens the series against Edmonton on Tuesday night in Denver.

J.T. Compher’s hat trick lifts Avalanche to 6-0 victory and shot at the Presidents’ Trophy

DENVER, CO – J.T. Compher scored a hat trick and the Avalanche exploded offensively without superstar center Nathan MacKinnon, defeating the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 at Ball Arena on Wednesday.

The Avs host the Kings in the 56th and final regular-season game on Thursday and a victory will clinch the West Division title and the Presidents’ Trophy. Colorado (38-13-4, 80 points) is two points back of the Vegas Golden Knights, who won their regular-season finale at San Jose on Wednesday to keep their Presidents’ Trophy hopes alive.

Avalanche’s Third Line, J.T. Compher thriving with Coyotes playoff series ahead

DENVER, CO- Avalanche forward J.T. Compher skates to an opposing goaltender’s crease on a mission to create havoc on the forecheck, and even if it’s ugly, to put in the puck.

“That’s how you score goals,” Compher said. “Getting to the net.”

Colorado’s third-line center is more than just talk. Remember Saturday?

In the Avs’ 4-3 overtime defeat against Vegas, Compher scored the third-period equalizer when he bullied Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt by knocking him off-balance with a two-gloved shove — and creating the small space required to rebound a Nazem Kadri shot attempt back into the net.

“A big goal from the Compher line getting it in on the forecheck and bringing us back to even,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said postgame. “Going into the playoffs, you have to expect that teams are going to check you hard. That’s the goal of every team.”

Lately, Colorado’s third “Compher line” hasn’t been afraid to bring the pain. In three games of Western Conference round-robin seeding play, the trio of Compher, Andre Burakovsky, and Joonas Donskoi combined for eight points (four goals) with a net-aggressive brand of hockey.

Compher Created NHLPA Open Featuring Fortnite Results In $200,000 Going to Charity

TORONTO, ONT – The National Hockey League Players’ Association is pleased to announce the final results of Monday’s NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite and the seven charities that will share a piece of the $200,000 charity prize pool.

Created by J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman, the tournament featured more than 70 professional hockey players competing in Trios while it was streamed live on ESPN Esports

Tournament results for the top five trios and prizing details:

  • First place – Robert Thomas, Vince Dunn and Jordan Kyrou of Team St. Louis have chosen to split the donation of their $100,000 winnings, split between St. Louis Children’s Hospital ($50,000), Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s Fill the Bootinitiative ($25,000), and St. Louis Area Foodbank($25,000). 
  • Second place – Zach Aston-Reese, Brian Dumoulin and Bryan Rust of Team Pittsburgh will donate their $50,000 winnings to the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center.
  • Third place – Anthony Bitetto, Connor Hellebuyck and Jack Roslovic of Team Winnipeg will donate their $25,000 winnings to Project 11.
  • Fourth place – J.T. Brown, Victor Rask and Mat Robson of Team Minnesota will donate their $15,000 winnings to Second Harvest HEARTLAND.
  • Fifth place – Jayce Hawryluk, Joe Morrow and Jayson Megna of Team PB&J will donate their $10,000 winnings to Roblin District Community Foundation.
  • The tournament field was highlighted by several star NHL players, such as Nathan MacKinnon, Mitch Marner, Thomas Chabot, Sebastian Aho, Johnny Gaudreau, Clayton Keller, Zach Werenski, William Nylander andCale Makar.“Hockey pros can game,” said pro-streamer and twitch personality, Nicholas Amyoony, AKA Nick Eh 30. “Besides playing, my favorite thing to do is watch, learn and comment on the great gamers competing in events like this. It was a real pleasure to support the NHLPA and its charitable efforts. Looking forward to hosting the next event!”

    Hyman combined his hockey and gaming knowledge as a colour commentator for Monday’s three-hour tournament, while Bil Carter was the in-studio host as NHLPA members and other professional hockey players came together for charity to compete in Fortnite online for fans. Serving as a remote broadcaster, professional streamer,Nick Eh 30 averaged 16,822 viewers; 20,615 max viewers; 469,834 live views; and 3,112,152 minutes watched.

    ESPN’s stream of the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite is part of its commitment to bringing the sports community together through its #oneteam initiative.

    Find all of the highlights from the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite with #NHLPAOpen on Twitter, Instagram andFacebook.

NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite, Live Charity Gaming Tournament created by JT Compher

TORONTO, ONT – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) is proud to announce the NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite, a live charity tournament created by J.T. Compher and Zach Hyman. Over 60 NHL players will represent their cities as they compete as Trios in Fortnite. The three-hour live Fortnite tournament will be streamed onTwitch.tv/espnesports, Monday, May 18 (2-5 p.m. ET). The NHLPA Open featuring Fortnite will be highlighted by a $200,000 USD charity prize pool, which will be directed to player-chosen charities.

Compher will be playing with Colorado teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Nieto, while Hyman will lend his gaming expertise from the sidelines as colour commentator. Other notable player participants include Sebastian Aho, Thomas Chabot, Johnny Gaudreau, William Karlsson,Clayton Keller, Travis Konecny, Mitch Marner, Bryan Rust and Alex Tuch.

The full roster of player trios will be announced prior to the event on NHLPA social media platforms, and

Avs forward J.T. Compher has familiar workout partner — his sister — during coronavirus pandemic

CHICAGO, IL – Avalanche forward J.T. Compher has been working out with a familiar face while hunkered down with family at their Chicago-area home during the coronavirus pandemic.

And she isn’t too bad herself: Boston University All-American Jesse Compher, who just so happens to be J.T.’s sister.

“We still can’t skate, but we’re doing similar to what we do in the summer — off-ice training and keeping the conditioning up, obviously, because we don’t know when the next time we’ll be playing,” Compher told The Post in a phone interview Tuesday. “Just trying to stay as ready as possible.”