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July 1, 2013Sophomore alternate captain Andrew Copp was one of five future or current Wolverines selected in Sunday's NHL Draft, giving Michigan its biggest draft haul since the 2007 haul (seven).
Incoming freshman J.T. Compher was the first off the board, going to the Buffalo Sabres with the third pick of the second round. The 6-0, 165-pound centerman is not expected to be a flight risk, and should center one of the Maize and Blue's top three lines this season.
Defenseman Michael Downing, who will also be a rookie this year, was one of three Wolverines to go in the fourth round when he was taken with the 97th overall selection by the Florida Panthers. The 6-3, 190-pounder went seven picks before Copp, who went to the Winnipeg Jets.
Former teammate and classmate Jacob Trouba, a first-rounder with the Jets in 2012 that opted to sign with Winnipeg this past spring, tweeted at his longtime friend: "Woooo @Copp94 is a Jet!!! I guess 9 years isn't long enough to play together. Hopefully many more years to come!"
The 6-0, 188-pound Copp began the 2012-13 season a fourth-line winger for the Maize and Blue but finished it the team's top center, ranking seventh on the team with 21 points on 11 goals and 10 assists. He was one of only five Wolverines to have double digits in goals and helpers.
Freshman winger Tyler Motte went to Chicago with the final pick of the fourth round, giving U-M three fourth-rounders for the first time since 2007 and the third time since 2000 (2001).
Incoming first-year defenseman Nolan De Jong rounded out the selections when he went to the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round.
Michigan did not produce a first-rounder for the sixth time since 2000. The Wolverines had produced at least one from 2001-07 but did not have a first-rounder in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (in addition to 2000).