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Pilot’s Logbook 2018-19: Andrew Copp

You might not have noticed it, but Andrew Copp took a few more steps forward as being someone whom the Jets can rely on to center a third or maybe even second line. With a new contract due this summer and at the ripe age of 25 this fall, this past season could be one that we look back on as the setup to a breakout season in 2019-20.

As we continue our look back at the season that was for each individual Winnipeg Jet, you can find the full list and links to logbooks for other players as well as resource credits by checking out the prologue.

ANDREW COPP
#9 – CENTER
6’1″ / 206 lbs / Age: 24

THE NUMBERS

ANDREW COPP 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 69 11 14 25 20 6 82 13.4 139 12:10 198 160 55.3 34 71 22 27
Career 293 36 48 84 55 44 313 11.5 544 11:33 825 800 50.8 131 344 81 91
ANDREW COPP 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON ADVANCED STATS (5v5)
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 69 742.1 708 678 51.1 3.0 513 503 50.5 2.2 38 10.5 19 94.8 105.2 48.6 51.4
Career 293 2948.1 2612 2572 50.4 0.3 1914 1869 50.6 0.4 127 9.2 78 94.1 103.3 45.9 54.1

CONTRACT STATUS

This past season was the second and last year of a two year deal of a $2,000,000 deal signed on July 12, 2017 with his cap hit at $1,000,000. Copp will be an restricted free agent as of July 2019 (Source: NHLNumbers.com)

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PLAYER’S SEASON IN REVIEW

On the surface it doesn’t seem like Andrew Copp’s 2018-19 season was one worth taking much note over. He struggled early in the season with just one goal and three points in his first 21 games played when a concussion sidelined him for a stretch of games in late November after an awkward hit from Minnesota’s J.T. Brown.

Upon his return in December, Copp started finding his offense with a little more consistency even as he was typically played on the Jets fourth line and had a variety if linemates through out the season.

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Copp’s primary role on the team seemed to be that of a defensive forward going against team’s middle six forward groups. Playing besides the likes of Mason Appleton and Brendan Lemieux (before Lemieux was traded to New York at the deadline) the line provided a steady presence on the ice that kept opposing teams honest. Copp as that line’s centerman was key to it working out as well as it did for the Jets. When you look at the 5 on 5 “With or Without You” chart below, Copp was able to help elevate the play of both Appleton and Lemieux as he was a great complementary style player to what Mason and Brendan brought to the ice. Together they were defensively responsible enough to keep things even and had enough offensive talent to cause match-up issues for teams who would prefer to focus on just the top line.

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Copp of course spent a fair amount of time with his TLC linemates in Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev. It was with that trio that Copp would see more regular time on the Jets third line, but that line as a unit was seen as more of a shutdown group than one relied on for offense. Andrew also saw a good amount of offensive success playing on a line with Mathieu Perreault – who as we know can play and elevate pretty much anyone – and Jack Roslovic which should give Jets fans a possible look into a future where Copp is a viable top six forward.

By the end of the season, Andrew averaged 1:34 less ice time this season compared to last season, played in 13 less games and still managed to have a career high in goals and was two off his top mark for points set a season earlier. When you pair that with a brutally slow start to the season, his numbers are actually very impressive for a bottom six forward.

THE PLAYOFFS

Andrew Copp’s 2019 Playoff Stats
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 6 0 5 5 3 2 8 0.0 13 13:50 4 7 36.4 2 9 3 1
Career 22 1 7 8 2 6 25 4.0 40 12:29 33 37 47.1 7 32 5 8

 

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Andrew Copp’s 2019 Playoff Advanced Stats (All Situations)
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 6 83.0 70 65 51.9 2.9 60 43 58.3 11.5 6 14.0 3 91.7 105.6 27.5 72.5
Career 22 274.8 243 250 49.3 -2.9 187 193 49.2 -3.2 14 10.2 17 88.1 98.3 33.9 66.1

Another reason for hope that Copp has a bright future? His work in the playoffs was quite good even as he was being asked to be primarily a defensive forward. Considering the above average defensive zone start time, he still managed to be on the ice for more shot attempts in favor than he was for against.

WHAT WE SAID A YEAR AGO

Andrew doesn’t excel in one specific area of the game, but he seems to do a lot of little things well. His offensive production can be streaky at times, but that’s not what the Jets are looking for from him. At the age of 23 and the confidence of the coaching staff behind him – as well as confidence in his own game – Copp should be a key and versatile part of the Jets bottom six forward group next season.

Pilot’s Logbook 17-18: Andrew Copp

FUTURE OUTLOOK

Here’s a crazy question to ask yourself this summer… Could Andrew Copp be the answer for the Jets when it comes to the second line center position? It’s a big ask for a player who has spent his first four NHL seasons as a bottom six forward, but this past season he showed signs that he could carry a line that had less than ideal talent and his offensive numbers even while being given assignments that require him to focus more on the defensive side of the game may be an indication that with the right talent beside him, he could be a 15+ goal player who can play both ends of the ice well. The deal he signs this summer likely won’t be for more than a couple of seasons between the one to two million per year mark, and it would be wise of the Jets to go into camp next season with a value contract like that and be willing to give Copp a chance to show what he can do with a bigger role on the club.

FINAL GRADE: B