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Prospect J.T. Compher cut from U.S. World Juniors team

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An injury will keep J.T. Compher out of World Juniors (www.usahockey.com)

 

by Amy Moritz

Buffalo Sabres prospect J.T. Compher was cut from the United States National Junior Team and won't be participating in the 2014 IIHF World Juniors Championnship.

The 18-year-old was drafted by the Sabres in the second round in 2013. A native if Northbrook, Ill., Compher is a freshman at the University at Michigan.

The decision to cut Compher was based on left foot injury he sustained in practice on Monday.

On NHL.com, national junior team coach Don Lucia said Compher was on track to make the team but because of his age, he would have another opportunity to play in the World Juniors.

"The disappointment is in Compher getting hurt; he could have played a lot of different roles on this team. The good thing is that he's a 1995," Lucia said referring to Compher's birth year. "So he'll have another opportunity next year. It would have been a good bet that he probably would have made this team, but now it gives someone else an opportunity."

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