As the Caps look to bounce back from a loss in Brooklyn last night, they’ll again see a team with a good young rookie. JT Compher may not be as dazzling as we saw in Barzal with the Islanders, but he is proving to be a very solid every day player. With 10 pts so far this season, and maybe more importantly considering he hasn’t played 60 games in the NHL yet, is his ability to defend and play at both ends hard. He competes, so the Caps will have to deal with his forecheck. Think Nathan Walker type energy. Is that too early?? lol
Compher represented Team USA at the 2015 World Junior tournament during his time skating in the NCAA. He also made an appearance at the World Championships with the U.S. in both ’16 and ’17. The former University of Michigan captain, originally drafted by the Sabres in ’13, is giving the Avalanche some needed depth up front. Colorado acquired his rights in the O’Reilly deal and have found a player responsible in both ends and can keep up with the faster skaters in the league.
Go Caps Go
Photo from The Denver Post