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Andrew Copp has had a pretty successful transition from football to hockey. Originally used for the USNDTP as an extra guy because "he was available", Copp has become one of Michigan's better players.
Copp was eligible for the 2012 draft, but went undrafted. This brings up an interesting question: would Copp had gone undrafted if it weren't for his involvement with football?
Scoring is one part talent and one part opportunity. Copp rocketed up Michigan's depth charts as a freshman, starting as a 4th line player with with 1 point in 14 games, moving up to the top line with 20 in 24 games. Copp opened the eyes to some scouts and was ranked 142nd for NA skaters by Central Scouting. The Jets then drafted the Draft+1 NCAA centre that summer.
There was a lot of intrigue to the forward, given his rise, but some where skeptical it may had been a streak. Copp showed that he was worth his stock putting 29 points in 33 games.
AIH Authors' Thoughts:
Andrew Copp is a very interesting prospect. There are a number of desirable elements to his game and the fact that he is still relatively new to hockey as a full time sport speaks to some upside. That said, Copp isn't an elite scorer. He produces, but much of his offense comes out of sheer work and determination as opposed to slick hands and "wow" offensive instincts. How much his offensive game continues to develop will tell us a lot about Copp's ceiling.
I don't know very much about Copp as a player, but based on what I've heard, I'm high on him. As a former multi-sport athlete, you can just tell that conditioning would rate high with this guy. His trajectory skyrocketed: from a fourth-line college player going undrafted, to a major producer, to getting selected as a fourth-round pick, to being the Wolverines captain. Because of that trajectory, I can't help but believe he can make the NHL. Also worth noting, he had five assists in five games at the World Juniors. If nothing else, I do think he can be a good mid-six forward, maybe even first-second line tweener, for the Jets. Jacob Trouba has been a regular teammate of his since the early days, so I think getting to play with his BFF at the NHL level will be a little added motivation for Copp to make the bigs..
Copp is a guy that has impressed since being drafted, but is still very much a question mark going forward. Can he put it together and be more than just Trouba's buddy? Or will be kid that maxes out as a college captain? I'm not overly high on him, but an interested to see what he does this season in Michigan in a major role..
A prospect that oozes character, which seems to be a theme with the Jets, and also good friends with Trouba.
I find Copp an intriguing prospect case to watch. On one hand, his production numbers are not altogether that great, although not poor by any means. His NHLE point pace has been well below that of Slater (a one time highly regarded NCAA player), and even below that of Lowry, and Lipon. On the other hand, Copp has a lot of the tools and intangibles scouts desire. There is a lot of upside in the player he is, but I remain wary until he takes a further step.