The Colorado Avalanche added a young forward recently when they claimed Marko Dano off waivers from the Winnipeg Jets, and he may get an opportunity right away once his visa status is sorted out. That’s because the Avalanche will be without J.T. Compher indefinitely following a head injury, according to Adrian Dater of BSN Denver. Compher received what looked like a direct head shot from Sam Bennett on Saturday night, though it’s not clear if that’s exactly when the injury took place.
Compher, 23, was off to a great start for the Avalanche this season with three goals and four points in his first five games. After making his full-season debut last year, the Avalanche had inserted Compher as a key part of their forward group and a player to build around going forward. Finally some of the assets from the Ryan O’Reilly trade are paying off, and the 35th pick from 2013 is no exception.
Colorado impressed last season jumping all the way up the standings and into the playoffs, but they’ll need solid secondary scoring options to contribute if they’re to progress as an organization. Not all the scoring pressure can be placed on Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen forever, and Compher was expected to be one of those who took on some of the burden. After recorded 13 goals and 23 points last season, his quick start was encouraging and had earned him extra ice time in recent games. Now the team will have to find someone else to take those minutes, and hope that Compher can return before long without any long-term concussion effects.