In recent drafts, the Hurricanes organization has targeted forwards who have the ability to play the fast, creative brand of hockey that coach Rod Brind’Amour demands. Carolina found a terrific organizational fit when it was able to select Seth Jarvis 13th overall in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Earlier this week, Jarvis signed his entry-level contract with Carolina, committing his future to the club.
Last season was a breakout season in the WHL for Jarvis, who almost hit the century mark in points in just 58 games. The Manitoba native finished second in the WHL in scoring in 2019-20 and was first in the league with 1.69 points-per-game. The WHL was set to start its season on Jan. 8, but has delayed that decision and will discuss a return to play scenario when the league board of governors meet later this month.
Jarvis is a dynamic offensive player, driven by his skating ability, creativity and motor. The young forwards ability to force pressure and regain puck possession allows for turnover creation and increased scoring opportunities when on the ice. He is terrific through the neutral zone, both offensively and defensively, constantly pressuring with and without the puck. Jarvis can finish at an elite level, picking corners on the rush or below the circles, but also is able to make the key pass to a teammate to finish off a play. He is best in close, where he finds high danger areas of the ice to put the puck in the back of the net.
Among Carolina’s prospect group, Jarvis is one of the players with the highest ceilings from both a game impact and point production standpoint. He is, at his highest projection, a top-line, top power-play option for the Hurricanes for the future, and at his floor, he should be an NHL regular for years to come. Carolina fans should be happy it will come in a Hurricanes jersey.