Jets put impressive rookie Copp (upper body) on IR

A big piece of Winnipeg’s youth movement has been put on the shelf.

Andrew Copp, the 21-year-old rookie out of the University of Michigan, has been put on IR with an upper-body injury, the club announced on Wednesday.

In his place, Patrice Cormier has been called up from the minors.

Copp, a fourth-round pick in 2013, was one of three rookies to make the Jets out of training camp this fall, along with Nikolaj Ehlers and Nic Petan.

Copp has primarily played in a fourth-line role alongside Petan and veteran winger Chris Thorburn, scoring one goal and two points while averaging seven minutes in 11 games this season.

During the exhibition campaign, Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice raved about Copp’s all-around game.

“His reads are very, very good,” Maurice said, per the Free Press. “I think I’ve been up here enough time talking about centre-ice men, guys I like on the wing, guys I like at centre.

“It takes a certain ability to read and switch off in your own end quickly. He’s got size, he’s very strong, very thick.”

Hurt during Saturday’s win over Columbus, Copp didn’t play in Sunday’s loss in Montreal and will now miss the final two games of the Jets’ current road swing — in Toronto tonight, in Ottawa tomorrow.

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