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.