'CCM' line all gone: Compher signs with Avs

The Detroit News
JT Compher

The third member of Michigan impressive “CCM” line is saying goodbye to the Wolverines, as well.

Junior JT Compher, 21, signed a three-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, giving up his final year of eligibility at Michigan.

Earlier this month, freshman Kyle Connor signed with the Winnipeg Jets and junior Tyler Motte signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Connor, Compher and Motte finished first, second and fourth, respectively, in scoring in college hockey this season. Connor had 71 points and was one of three Hobey Baker finalists, Compher had 63 points and Motte had 57.

Compher was drafted by the Sabres in 2013 but his rights were traded to the Avalanche in 2015.

Notable players to leave Michigan early


Defenseman Zach Werenski (Columbus)

Defenseman Michael Downing (Florida)

Forward Tyler Motte (Chicago)

Forward Kyle Connor (Winnipeg)

Forward JT Compher (Colorado)


Forward Dylan Larkin (Detroit)

Forward Andrew Copp (Winnipeg)


Forward Alex Guptill (Dallas)

Forward Phil Di Giuseppe (Carolina)


Defenseman Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg)

Defenseman Jon Merrill (New Jersey)


Forward Chris Brown (Phoenix)


Defenseman Brandon Burlon (New Jersey)