Michigan loses Copp one year early to Winnipeg

Andrew Copp parlayed a strong season with Michigan in 2014-15 into an NHL contract with the Winnipeg Jets (photo: Melissa Wade).

Michigan captain Andrew Copp will give up his senior season with the Wolverines after signing a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

The junior forward and Ann Arbor native will report directly to Winnipeg for the stretch run of the NHL season.

A fourth-round selection (104th overall) by Winnipeg in the 2013 draft, Copp finishes his Michigan career with 81 points (40 goals, 41 assists) in 107 games.

Copp, an All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2014-15, notched a career-best 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) including 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 19 Big Ten contests, finishing third on the team in overall scoring.

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    • And the B1G just got a little worse. Damn, with 2/3rds of the scoring or whatever it is, graduating for Minnesota, every early departure like this hurts.

      • That is a hit to Mich and to the conference. (What’s worse is he joins the jets that are keeping relentless heat on my Wild right now). Wonder if Compher and Larkin will bolt too

      • I’ve got a sinking feeling Minnesota (next year) is going to look like Wisconsin (this year). Between senior and underclassmen leaving it could get ugly quickly.

        • No, they will never be that bad. They do not rebuild, just reload. Look what they did playing 8-9 freshmen last year. I don’t think WI could ever be that bad again, even if they tried.

          • I hope you are right — I’m just worried Minny is going to lose several underclassmen as well as the seniors.

          • I think Reilly is the only underclassman whose NHL team will think is ready to move up. I think the others NHL teams will think it best they spend one more year at least in college, not being supporting cast to all the guys who will leave now, but being the leaders on their teams. Although not sure how the whole thing with free agency works either? I think Reilly stayed long enough that if he goes to the NHL now, he doesn’t have to play for the team that drafted him. So issues like that could also come into play? So maybe you are right? But I know with so few leaving after last year, there were a few guys ready to come in and start for the Gophers who had to play one more year wherever they did, USHL, etc., and that should mean some of the new guys coming in will have some experience under their belts and won’t be fresh out of high school and overwhelmed by the level of play in college. And the new bunch coming in just may play with more heart this these guys heading out. That wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

          • I agree Reilly — also thought Skjei might be ready. I don’t think anyone else is — especially Fasching after this year (worried he might leave simply for the sake of leaving plus he has family concerns). Really surprised by the lack of passion this year — like Rau and Ambroz a lot and didn’t think they would let the team tank. I would love to see a defensemen who would actually light somebody up from time to time. We missed Serratore and senior gritty defense whose name escapes me.

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