As the Colorado Avalanche prepare to begin a four game road trip, they will be doing so without second year forward J.T. Compher. This morning it was reported that the 23-year old will be missing from the lineup indefinitely due to a head injury.
After scoring early in the first period, Compher took a pretty hard hit from Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett later on in Saturday’s overtime loss. He didn’t show any ill effects at the time, and was able to skate with his teammates on Sunday, but as we know concussion symptoms aren't always immediately evident.
With three goals and an assist through the first five games of the season Compher was off to a great start, making the news of an injury even more demoralizing for the Avalanche.
For now, Sheldon Dries is expected to fill in until the newly acquired Marko Dano is able to join the team. Dano was picked up on waivers yesterday from the Winnipeg Jets but has not yet reported to the team because of issues with his work visa.
We don’t have any timetable for his absence, but hopefully Coach Bednar provides us with a little more information after the game tonight.
We don’t know for sure, but this is likely the hit that caused the injury to Compher:
Here is s better look:
It’s a hard hit but looks completely legal when you slow it down. Bennett stays on his feet through the check and the principal point of contact appears to be Compher’s chest.