JT Compher Sidelined With Foot Injury: World Juniors Journey Over

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.

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 Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 12.48.46 PMtournament. 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.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, JT Compher, World Junior

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  • wolfdoctor

    That’s too bad. He’s the one second round pick that was actually performing up to expectations, while Hurley and Bailey may already be labelled as busts.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      yes I was really looking forward to watching him in the tournament

    • Thomas Eric

      You can’t label 16-20 year olds bust man

      • wolfdoctor

        To make it to the NHL they’d have to be scoring at a much higher rate than they currently are. At their age, they should be scoring at, at least 1 ppg, like Baptiste, to project to the NHL. They are way below that rate.

        Also, I didn’t label them as busts, but indicated that they “may” be labelled as such. It might be a little premature to label them as such, but I doubt it.

        • Thomas Eric

          Idk man some guys take time to mature and get their feet wet…. Plus it takes time for them to physically develop

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I have to agree… can’t label these young guys a bust as of yet… the only player the Sabres have who i’d label a bust- or even consider doing so is Leino

          • wolfdoctor

            As I said above, “It might be a little premature to label them as” busts, however IMO they are pointed in that direction.

          • wolfdoctor

            I understand your point of view, but I am looking at historical evidence of what it takes to make it to the NHL and at this stage they should be doing much better.

            BTW, only 1 in 4 second rounders ever play as many as 100 NHL games, and underachievers in the juniors rarely make it to the NHL.