Winnipeg Jets draft Skyline grad Andrew Copp; 4 other Michigan players selected
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Skyline High School graduate Andrew Copp was eligible to drafted in the NHL last summer but, unsurprisingly, the draft came and went and his name was never called.
Copp was on hand at the Prudential Center in New Jersey on Sunday and heard his name called as the fourth round pick, No. 104 overall, by the Winnipeg Jets.
"It’s something you’ve been waiting for your whole life you just kind of blackout and it all of a sudden hits you. It’s a pretty cool feeling," Copp said while addressing the media at the Prudential Center on Sunday. "It’s just one step toward the ultimate goal, but it’s a nice feeling to be wanted and especially in the second year (of draft eligibility) just to notice that you’re improving."
"I became a full-time hockey player, I was playing football before, and that turned into a lot of confidence," Copp said.
Winnipeg has now drafted a Michigan player in each of its first two drafts as an organization. Jacob Trouba was the Jets' first round draft pick last year.
"I’ve been playing with Jake since I was 10 or 11 years old so it’s pretty cool and he’s been texting me up in the stands, waiting for me to get picked by Winnipeg and fortunately it happened," Copp said.
Unlike Trouba, who turned pro after playing just one season for Michigan, Copp doesn't plan on leaving Ann Arbor anytime soon.
"I want to finish my career at the University of Michigan and then see what happens in Winnipeg," Copp said. "I need to to get a little quicker and faster and obviously need to get stronger and get better hands. You can never be good enough at one thing in hockey."
Copp was one of five Michigan players to get drafted on Sunday. Incoming freshmen J.T. Compher, (Buffalo Sabres, Round 2, No. 35, Michael Downing (Florida Panthers, Round 4, No. 97), Tyler Motte (Chicago Blackhawks,, Round 4, No. 121 and Nolan De Jong, Minnesota Wild, Round 7, No. 197) rounded out the selections. It is the fourth time since 2000 that U-M had at least five players selected in the NHL Draft.