Red Wings Free Agency Frenzy: Andrew Copp
The Detroit Red Wings were busy on the phones all day yesterday. With multiple great signings made, let’s take a look at some of the players that are now Red Wings.
Andrew Copp Background
We knew that the Red Wings could go after Copp, but it was all speculation till yesterday. Copp’s versatility, experience, and play style fits the Red Wings needs perfectly and was at a reasonable cost. But that wasn’t the best part about the signing.
Andrew Copp grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and therefore, grew up a Red Wings fan. But more so than that, he also attended the University of Michigan before entering the NHL entry draft. Now he gets to come home and play for his favorite team growing up- the childhood dream come true.
Andrew Copp has never really been a top point getter, but I feel that has a lot to do with his role. This past season, Copp was moved at the trade deadline and was given a fair opportunity and it showed.
With the Winnipeg Jets this past season, he played in 56 games. In those 56 games he had 13 goals, 22 assists for 35 points. But after being traded to the New York Rangers, he immediately started showing what he could do offensively.
In 16 games with the New York Rangers, Copp had eight goals, 10 assists for 18 points. That goes to show that when given the proper opportunity, he can succeed. He just wasn’t given enough time on the ice in Winnipeg to really show the league he can play. But, given the current state of the Red Wings, you also have to look at what he can do in the playoffs and lucky for us- he did pretty well.
In the playoffs, he played in 20 games. He played against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, and Tampa Bay Lightning which were no gimmies and he had six goals along with eight assists for 14 points.
How Does Andrew Copp Fit?
Andrew Copp was going to be one of the more relatively cheap centers in this free agency class and I feel that was the main reason why the Red Wings targeted him. He offers the Red Wings a center two behind Dylan Larkin which is something that the Red Wings were lacking.
I’ve stated before that I feel in a year or two, and with the right opportunity, Joe Veleno can become a center two for the franchise. However, as of right now, Veleno is not ready to take on that role.
He doesn’t produce at the clipse that you’d need him too, and he really hasn’t shown the organization he can do everything you need him to do at this level. That’s where Copp came into play.
Copp will more than likely open the season as the Red Wings center two which definitely helps out a lot. If Copp can produce similarly to what he was able to do in New York, then I’d say we are in a very good spot with him in the lineup.
Andrew Copp Contract Details
Andrew Copp signed with the Detroit Red Wings yesterday on a 5 year contract worth roughly, $28,125,000.
He clearly has a lot to offer the Red Wings and he’s going to be a great addition to the Red Wings.