Winnipeg Jets snatch first-round pick from Rangers

Winnipeg Jets snatch first-round pick from Rangers

The 2021-22 NHL season didn’t go the way the Winnipeg Jets had hoped, but they received some positive news as they began their off-season.

The Jets have acquired the New York Rangers 2022 first-round pick as the Rangers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The draft pick was part of the return for the trade that sent forward Andrew Copp to the Rangers at the trade deadline. The Jets complete return was forward Morgan Barron, a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-round pick that would become a first-round pick if the Rangers advanced to the conference final with Copp playing in at least half of their games along the way.

The Jets are currently slated to pick 14th in this year’s draft and will add another selection in the final four picks of round one based on where the Rangers finish their playoff run.

The trade seems to be working wonders for both sides as Copp has posted his new team’s third-highest playoff point total with 13. Regardless, he made sure to cover his bases with his new boss. According to a tweet from the Rangers, Copp jokingly apologized to GM Chris Drury for giving away the pick.

The Rangers took out the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes in the first two rounds of playoffs and now face a tall task in the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The NHL draft is set to take place on July 7 in Montreal.

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