Compher isn’t a household name yet, but Avs forward emerging as offensive threat

DENVER, CO – Prior to the Avalanche erasing a 2-1 deficit against the Stars last Saturday with a pair of late third-period goals, Colorado coach Jared Bednar decided to swap J.T. Compher from the fourth line to the second to play alongside Tyson Jost and Alex Kerfoot.

The result was Compher’s rebound goal off Kerfoot’s shot with under three minutes to play, a lamp-lighter that eventually led to Mikko Rantanen’s game-winner a short time later.

“It was a spur-of-the-moment decision,” Bednar explained that night. “I like what J.T.’s been doing lately — he’s got a hot stick — and we were running out of time, so I was just trying to get him and some other guys out there who might have a chance to score for us.”

Compher Scores Two Shorthanded Goals in Same PK Shift for Avs

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – J.T. Compher didn’t tiptoe his way into his first game in nearly six weeks. Instead, he jumped right in with two short-handed goals in the first period.

Compher tallied twice in a matter of 1:25 during a Colorado Avalanche penalty kill to jumpstart the club in a 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The forward is only the 20th NHL player since 1933-34 to score two short-handed markers in a span of two minutes or less and just the fourth to do it in the last 15 years.

Colorado Avalanche: JT Compher is a Crafty, Calculating Player

DENVER, CO –  Many people see Colorado Avalanche forward J.T. Compher and think he is a quiet shy kid. However I think he is more quiet and calculating. Compher has classic RBF (resting bitch face) that some people love and some people hate. He is known to stare blankly at the opponent as if he is trying to take their soul. Colora analyst Peter McNab once called it a dead stare. Maybe that is just in his nature.

After watching a game where he just blankly stared at the opponent, my dad and I wondered if he was doing that as a smart move to draw a penalty… if he was being a jerk…. or if he just really wasn’t there in that moment. So to figure it out, I made a sign.

J.T. Compher’s Busy Summer: From his youth team to the Avs, hockey development is important for the forward

DENVER – As J.T. Compher stepped off the ice from a summer skating session, he was all smiles.

The 6-foot, 193-pound forward had been hard at work during the offseason after having an impressive first professional campaign in 2016-17 for the San Antonio Rampage and Colorado Avalanche.

Compher started the year with the Avalanche’s American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio and went on to spend four months in the AHL, appearing in 41 games while scoring 30 points (13 goals and 17 assists), before getting recalled on March 1 to Colorado. His NHL debut came the next night at the Ottawa Senators, and he never went back to Texas as he finished the season with the Avalanche.

Compher not satisfied with early play, eager to improve

In a lost season with very little left to play for, the Colorado Avalanche are getting a headstart on auditioning players for next season’s roster. The trade deadline moves signaled the beginning of a youth movement as they brought in 23-year-old Sven Andrighetto from the Montreal Canadiens and called up 21-year-old J.T. Compher from the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.