Prospect Report: Seth Jarvis
Seth Jarvis has catapulted himself into the discussion for the top 15 in this draft. Jarvis was considered a top two round prospect coming into this year, but he’s only increased his draft since then. Last season, Jarvis scored 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 63 games for the Portland Winterhawks, a strong statline, but nothing special. In the first half of this season, Jarvis was producing around a point a game, but he went supernova in the new year. The 5’10, 172 pound Winnipeg native had one of the most dominant second half performances I’ve ever seen, totaling 62 points in 25 games, starting with a hat trick on January 4th. After that hat trick, Jarvis had 5 games with 4 or more points, 8 multi goal games, including another hat trick, and a season high 11 game point streak. He finished this year with 42 goals and 56 assists for 98 points in 58 games, a massive step up from his 39 point D-1 performance. He finished 2nd in the WHL in scoring, and top 10 in overall CHL scoring. When it came to the Winterhawks, there wasn’t a more important offensive player than Jarvis. He factored in on 36% of the team’s goals, and was a big reason why the Winterhawks finished with the best record in the WHL this season. This breakdown of Jarvis’s game is going to be super heavy on highlights, as there’s just so many of them.
Jarvis excels in nearly every facet of the game. He’s a quick and agile skater, with a breakaway level top speed. His edgework is among the best in this draft class, and he can weave his way out of tight situations, or stay on his feet while absorbing contact with no issue. He’s on the smaller side, but he’s really strong on his skates, and can usually stay on his feet barring a major size mismatch:
He’s also an elite puck handler, with the ability to pull off highlight reel dekes on a consistent basis, and he’s got some of the slickest hands in the entire CHL:
He can handle the puck at top speed just as well as he can at a standstill, which makes him one of the best zone entry specialists available in this draft. It only takes a few strides for Jarvis to reach his full speed, and once he gets there, he’s a nightmare for defensemen. He attacks the blue line with tons of speed, ready to change directions or distribute the puck:
When he enters the offensive zone, he cuts to the soft areas of the ice, often maintaining his top speed, and attacks the defense with authority. He also sticks with every play up until the whistle is blown:
When Jarvis gets to the net, he’s got some insane finishing ability, from his wrist shot, to his backhand, to his ability to undress a goaltender with his hands:
Those are some high level plays, but it’s not Jarvis’s ability to play with pace that separates him from his peers. It’s his penchant for pulling off high IQ plays on a game to game basis, often breaking the ice open with a play nobody saw coming. His hands are so quick and deceptive, and he’s also got some sweet hand eye coordination. Jarvis is an extremely effective playmaker, with the ability to run a power play from the half wall or from behind the net. He can also direct offense at a high level at even strength, often possessing it for long stretches of time in the offensive zone. He sees the ice at such a high level, and is dangerous when he gets the puck on his stick. He thinks the game so fast, and moves the puck with the kind of speed that will have NHL scouts drooling:
Along with that high level playmaking ability, Jarvis can really shoot the puck. He’s got a super quick release on his wrist shot, and can pick corners from below the circles with ease. He’s also got a really heavy one timer, and showed off the ability to score goals in a multitude of ways this season. Jarvis also has an uncanny ability to corral and shoot bouncing pucks with some serious accuracy. It’s easy to project Jarvis as a playmaker at the next level, but it’s just as easy to see him as a go-to goal scorer when he scores goals like this:
It’s also worth noting that the coaching staff in Portland trusted him enough to play him on the penalty kill pretty consistently, as his high motor in all situations is a valuable defensive aspect. I also have to give him credit for having a fantastic defensive stick, with the ability to pick pockets when he wants to. He also jumps up into lanes to intercept the puck frequently, and I think his defensive prowess is a pretty underrated aspect of his game.
Overall, it’s easy to see why he’s been flying up draft boards over the course of this season. He shows off some really impressive skills and hockey IQ every night, and can project as a potential top line scorer in the NHL. I think he can be a 30 goal, 30+ assist kind of guy if he reaches his full potential, and he’ll likely hear his name called within the first 15 picks of the draft.
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