JT Compher

Darren Walker

Compher is very quick out of the gates, strong on his feet as a result of his powerful stride, which makes him good on the forecheck and hard to elude on the backcheck. He is a strong player that is able to play with a little grit in his game, making his opponent’s uncomfortable. He is not overly big in stature, but his energy and strength allows him to play bigger than he is. He is a creative passer that makes crisp, accurate passes. He shows good vision and passing touch — able to find open teammates for scoring chances quickly — but shouldn’t be considered a high-end playmaker. Compher goes hard to the net. He has a good shot; heavy with a quick release, but doesn’t have that sort of innate goal scorer’s mindset, not just the instincts to go to the net, but create space and find little soft spots to get open for shots. He stays with the faceoff sequences and looks to win the battle or jump on the loose pucks. He’s feisty and plays with a gnatty quality, as he can get under opponents’ skin — tenacious and determined player who gets right in the middle of things. He’s a bit of a pest, doing little things like grabbing the sticks of opponents after whistles. Shows that he will drop the gloves and stick up for himself if things get heated. He likes to push the pace of play on both sides of the puck. He is the ultimate team guy, a reason he was the captain of the U18 team. He will do anything the team needs to help them win. He sacrifices his body by making hits, taking hits and blocking shots. He is all over the defensive zone, but in a smart way. Ideally, he is a good pro two-way second line center or a brilliant checking line center with his relentless and edgy game. (May 2013)