WINNIPEG - There are many words one can use to describe Andrew Copp and Mathieu Perreault, but there is one that stands out amongst the rest - versatile.
Both move up and down the lineup when called upon and are commonly used to either spark lines and provide a level of stability to different trios.
"The last couple of games, actually later in games, Copp would move with Lowry and Tanev and I would go with Patty and Bryan Little," said Perreault.
"It's a long season, you got to fight for every inch in this league and it's a good learning curve for the young guys."
Video: PRACTICE | Mathieu Perreault
Copp is the man in the middle between Jets' youngsters Brendan Lemieux and Mason Appleton. Paul Maurice says he needs Copp centering the duo because of his heavy play and experience as they approach a gruelling portion of the team's schedule.
"I had a shift with Little and Roslovic (Sunday) early in the game and if you want to go back three or four (games) with Scheifele and Wheeler for a bit in Pittsburgh. With Tanev and Perreault in Minnesota a little bit," recalled Copp.
"That's kind of the Swiss Army Knife mentality and versatility that I bring and I know that's going to be part of the deal."
Video: PRACTICE | Andrew Copp
Perreault had a goal scoring run through mid-December where he found the net in five consecutive games. Going back to New Year's Eve for a stretch of five games (not including the Jets shutout loss in Pittsburgh) it was one of either Lowry, Tanev and Perreault who scored the first goal of the game for the Jets - an impressively consistent feat.
"We keep it pretty simple," said Perreault.
"We get in on the puck and on their defence hard and this is how we create our chances. So I've been enjoying it a lot playing with those two. Obviously Lowry is a great faceoff guy. He wins a lot of faceoffs for us and that kind of helps because you start with it (the puck) a lot."