The Colorado Avalanche have stocked up this summer and GM Joe Sakic made the smart move today of resigning the young J.T. Compher. J.T. Compher signed a 4 year, $3.5 million AAV contract. This contract is good for both parties: The Avs get a grinder and talented player, Compher gets a nice pay raise from his ELC.
Compher is going into his 4th season in the NHL, all of them with the Avs. Last season, the 24-year-old played in 66 games with 16 goals and 16 assists, averaging 17:29 on the ice per game. He had a -8 rating and 31 PIMs. Compher was strong in the 12 playoff games that the Avs saw. He collected 4 goals and 2 assists in that time with 15:51 on the ice per game. Compher stayed put of the box and had a +1 rating. He’s a determined kid, check out some things he can do on the ice here:
The Avs have built a strong core of these young, fast players and that is what makes their game so interesting to watch but there is one piece of the puzzle still missing.
22-year-old, winger Mikko Rantanen.
Rantanen is still an RFA and it’s hard to believe that this 6’4″, 215 lbs talented tree is only just starting his career. Last season alone, Mikko played in 74 games with 31 goals and 56 assists for 87 points, 2nd on the team behind Nate MacKinnon. Rantanen also had a +13 rating and 54 PIMs. In 12 playoff games, Mikko collected 6 goals with 8 assists and averaged 21:39 on the ice. He had 4 PIMs in the playoffs and a -1 rating.
The kid has got major, raw talent at just 22 and he brings it to the ice every night. Resigning him is a must. Rantanen hype video? Of course:
The Avs have collected all the outer pieces, through resign or trade, but is the time to lock in this centerpiece. The team has $16,465,239 in projected Cap Space so they’re not ballin’ on a budget here.
The Avs will be a top contender this year, should the Injury Bug not plague their top players once more. Once Mikko is locked in, this team is going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Featured Image: NHL.com