Carolina Hurricanes top prospect Seth Jarvis is quiet, unassuming, and mild-mannered off the ice. But when he puts his skates on, it’s a completely different story.
That’s when Jarvis becomes terrifying for opponents.
“If he didn’t score or he got slashed, his eyes would narrow and he would get this grin, and right then you knew you had three seconds to either run or get a couple punches thrown your way,” Seth’s brother, Cayden Jarvis, said. “We always knew, you had three seconds and then you either had to make your move or make up your mind.”
Seth Jarvis, 19, has always been competitive. It’s in his blood. His dad played college football at University of North Dakota and his mom played basketball for the University of Manitoba, but it was his brother who introduced him to the game of hockey.
“I was always at the rink watching my brother play, so I fell in love with the game that way,” Seth Jarvis said. “I’ve always wanted to be just like my brother, so I followed in his footsteps. I fell in love with the game. It won me over.”
From the moment he stepped on the rink in his backyard, his talent was undeniable. He kept up with his brother and his friends, all of which were six years older. He knew that if he couldn’t keep up, he wouldn’t be invited to play. This was motivation.
But it wasn’t easy at first. When Seth was eight years old and Cayden was 14, Cayden would play goalie in their outdoor rink. Seth kept firing away at his brother, but was unable to get the puck in the net.
“He was just trying to boost his confidence,” Seth Jarvis said. “He’d come home telling my mom that he was better than Martin Brodeur.”
By the time Seth was 15, he had surpassed his brother in every sport. Almost.
“He knows that he has the upper hand, and he’s not afraid to let me know,” Cayden Jarvis said. “It was frustrating at the beginning, but now I’ve just come to accept it and I always let him know that at golf, I’ll take him any day.”
Their relationship has blossomed since Cayden began a new career path in coaching. Now, not only does he coach dozens of players in Winnipeg, but he’s also a skills coach for his brother.
Although Seth doesn’t always take his advice, it’s been a bonding experience for the brothers and has also led to major growth in Seth’s game.
“It was a little bit weird at first, but I think he really knows how I operate, what pushes my buttons and what gets me going, so having him out there really helped me, because he knows me better than anyone else,” Seth Jarvis said.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound center worked on incorporating a playmaking mindset into his game, as opposed to his former shoot-first mentality. This versatility has allowed Jarvis to thrive in all levels of the game.
For the last five years, Jarvis has played for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. During 2019-20, he scored 42 goals and added 56 assists in 58 games, a breakout season that landed him on draft boards.
A year ago, Jarvis played in just nine games for the Chicago Wolves (AHL), and was extremely productive in his brief stint, scoring seven goals and adding four assists.
“I looked across the ice in warmups and saw all of these massive guys,” Jarvis said. “I was just out there doing my thing. The size and the speed are definitely different.”
Seth and Cayden have been together through all of Seth’s professional landmarks — from draft day to his first contract signing.
After stopping by the gym to take his mind off of the NHL Draft, Seth spent the entirety of Oct. 6, 2020 with his older brother. His friends and family were all there to experience this life changing moment.
Seth and Cayden sat through the first 12 names nervously awaiting the moment that would prove all of Seth’s hard work to be worth it. When he was drafted 13th, it was shocking to Jarvis. He and Carolina had a few talks, but there were no signs that this would be his destination.
However, he and his family were ecstatic that he would be a part of the Hurricanes’ organization.
“We were super excited that he got this opportunity and that we were there to witness it,” Cayden said. “It’s one of those moments where the first 12 names felt like it took two hours and as soon as you heard his name, the night was a flash. It was interviews and photos— it was such a cool experience.”
And while interviews are sometimes a bit out of Seth’s comfort zone, he enjoyed every minute of it on his draft night.
While being drafted was an incredible experience, Seth has new goals in mind.
“My goal is definitely to crack the roster this year,” Seth said. “I think I can definitely help with secondary scoring. I could add a little more scoring depth to the team.”
On Friday, Oct. 1, Jarvis played his first preseason game of the season. He ended the game with six shots in just over 17 minutes of ice time.
On Sunday afternoon during a scrimmage, Jarvis played on a line with Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov. After the roster was cut down below 40 players, Jarvis remains.
“He’s going to be a really good player,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour told the media after Sunday’s scrimmage. “He definitely has the offensive flair and he’s not afraid to make plays, take it to the net. For a little guy, those instincts, that’s what stands out. He’s going to get better and better.”
Jarvis is ready to take the next step in his career, and he’s hoping he gets the chance to prove himself in the coming season.