J.T. Compher has yet to play any real minutes with the Buffalo Sabres or even the Rochester Americans, but the Buffalo Sabres second round pick from 2013 has fans excited for his future. In his second year with the US World Junior team, fans were excited to see what Compher could do as a leader on the team, but his World Junior journey is over for this year.
USA Hockey announced that #Wolverines freshman forward JT Compher has left World Junior camp after sustaining an injury in practice.
— MiHockey (@MiHockeyNow) December 18, 2013
J.T Compher injured his left foot blocking a shot on Monday, just days before team USA headed over to Sweden to prepare for the tournament. While it hasn’t been confirmed, it is a suspected a broken foot for the Michigan Freshman which will keep him out at least 4 weeks.
It’s a tough break for J.T. Compher who is having a fantastic rookie season with the Wolverine’s notching 14 points in 14 games, and was looking to help the USA defend their World Junior Championship. It’s also a tough break for team USA who loses one of their returning players.
Team USA cut Compher on Wednesday due to his foot injury as the team gets ready to fly over to Sweden for exhibition matches prior to the tournament itself which kicks-off on boxing day.
The Buffalo Sabres representation at the tournament is now down to four players as Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov look to lead team Russia, Rasmus Ristolainen will be battling with team Finland and Gustav Possler will be playing for Sweden. This leaves the Sabres without a prospect on either Team Canada or Team USA.
The next time Compher plays it will once again be wearing the Michigan sweater, hopefully after a few more season’s at Michigan he’ll be ready to wear the Buffalo Sabres sweater.