The Washington Capitals are among at least five teams in the running to acquire Winnipeg Jets center Andrew Copp prior to the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline a week from Monday at 3 PM ET, according to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta and Dennis Bernstein. Bernstein added that the 27-year-old could cost a “mid-level pick and a prospect.”
The Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche are also interested in acquiring him.
Copp has collected 13 goals, 32 points, and a 53.76% faceoff-winning percentage in 52 games this season and 74 goals and 181 points in 463 career regular-season games. He hit the 30-point mark for the first time last season, when he also set career-highs in goals (15) and assists (24) in 55 games.
Copp has scored at least nine goals in six straight campaigns and 10 in four straight. He has also won nearly 52% of the faceoffs he has taken in each of the past six seasons — the Capitals currently rank 28th in the NHL with a 47.4% faceoff-winning percentage. Copp comes with a $3.64 million cap hit before becoming eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 17.
He also averages 2:32 both on the penalty kill per game (leading Jets forwards) and the power play (fifth). With the loss of left-wing Carl Hagelin likely for the rest of the season, the Capitals could use some help on the penalty kill (12th with an 80.9% efficiency but 16th at 79% since January 2).
Copp would likely slide in on the third-line, which could push Axel Jonsson-Fjallby out of the lineup.
By Harrison Brown