The Winnipeg Jets are officially in the sellers' market, with the club trading forward Andrew Copp and a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Morgan Barron, two conditional second-round picks that could become first-round picks, and a 2023 fifth-round pick.
Copp is among the more underrated players in the league at the moment, with the 27-year-old in the midst of a fantastic year with the Jets that has seen him establish himself as a legitimate top-six NHL option. In 56 games thus far, Copp has racked up 13 goals and 35 points, averaging nearly 20 minutes in ice time per night and winning 54 percent of his draws.
With the Rangers in desperate need of secondary scoring behind Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider, Copp is a perfect addition to their roster ahead of the stretch run, with him capable of playing all throughout the lineup and giving New York another weapon at thri disposal while the teams around them continue to load up, as well.
The Jets, meanwhile, put the finishing touches on their plan to sell at this year's deadline. With Copp on an expiring contract and set to hit unrestricted free agency this coming summer, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff did well to get some intriguing assets for a player that was likely going to walk for free.
With the conditions on the second-round picks potentially upgrading them to the first-round, the Jets sold as high as they could on one of their best players.