JT Compher will forego his senior season at the University of Michigan.
The Colorado Avalanche signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday.
Compher captained of the University of Michigan Wolverines last season in a standout junior campaign that saw him put up 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) and a plus-35 rating through 38 games. He finished second in scoring in the Big Ten Conference and first in assists (47), assists per game (1.24), power-play assists (19) and points (24) and plus/minus rating (+35).
Compher was in the midst of an eight-game point streak (five goals, 11 assists) when Michigan’s season came to an end in the NCAA Regional Final against the eventual tournament-winning North Dakota Fighting Hawks.
With two assists in a 5-2 win over Ferris State on Feb. 19, Compher became the 84th player in Michigan history to join the 100-point club.
His efforts earned him a spot alongside fellow Wolverines linemates Kyle Connor and Tyler Motte on the United States Men’s National Team roster for the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which takes place May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
The 21-year-old forward is no stranger to playing with USA Hockey. He spent two years in the National Team Development Program, won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, captained the United States to a silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship and most recently represented his country at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.
The Northbrook, Illinois, native also featured in the 2012 All-American Prospects Game.
Compher was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, along with Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Zadorov and a second-round selection at the 2015 NHL Draft, on June 26, 2015.