On Tuesday evening, the Carolina Hurricanes welcomed yet another Manitoban into the system, with the team selecting Winnipeg product Seth Jarvis 13th overall in the first round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Currently home to Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie, Brandon’s Jordan Martinook, Morweena’s James Reimer and Winnipeg’s Stelio Mattheos, the Hurricanes now have a fifth Manitoban in the system moving forward.
“I actually kind of blacked out from all of the excitement at the announcement,” Jarvis told Game On following his selection. “I couldn’t believe that it actually happened and the day is finally here.”
The former RINK star with both the U-15 and U-18 programs in Winnipeg burst onto the scene with a 48-goal, 69-point campaign in 29 games with the 2015-16 Winnipeg Monarchs before averaging over two points-per-game with The RINK (74 goals, 126 points in 62 games). He will now have the opportunity to learn the game ‘Hurricane-style’ in Raleigh.
“I know Geeks and Stelio a little bit, so it’s going to be nice having some familiar faces down there,” he added. “It’s awesome because any time that you can go into an organization already knowing a couple people, it makes the transition a little easier. It makes blending in and fitting in a little smoother. They are a great organization and I just can’t wait to get down there.”
Although slightly undersized, Jarvis does nearly everything you want. As a speedy skater who gets away from checks using his elusivity and puck-handling, Jarvis knows how to score goals. Whether it’s getting shots off quickly from the slot, or from battling in front of the net, he is a patient forward with strong vision while carrying the puck.
He began is career with the Winterhawks in 2018-19, where he scored 16 goals and 39 points in 61 games, before exploding with a 42-goal, 98-point COVID-19 shortened 2019-20 campaign, to which he only skated in 58 games. His accomplishments went far beyond the score sheet, as he continued his work within the community, as well as earning recognition as a gentlemanly player in earning the WHL’s Brad Hornung Trophy recipient as the league’s most sportsmanlike in 2019-20.
Jarvis shows the ability to wait for lanes to open up, and make some strong plays. Even when he’s not scoring, the Winterhawk battles for pucks, hunts on the forecheck, and is a menace to play against. He shows a willingness to throw his body around despite his size. There are some flaws in his defensive game, but the effort level is there. Jarvis is an energy player with a ton of skill who knows how to score goals.
When asked who he first thought of after hearing his name called Tuesday, Jarvis said that he could pick any of a “thousand names” who have helped him along the way.
“Obviously my teammates out in Portland and the coaching staff have been important in my life most recently,” he reflected. “The guys at RHA and The RINK Training Centre have been huge for me. My billet family out in Portland and obviously my family need to be included here. My mom and dad, for all they sacrificed for me, my brother, who is such a big role model, my uncle Carson for just always being there as someone I can always lean on – especially these last few years. And then of course my grandparents, for being the biggest supporters that I could ever ask for.”
The immediate moments following his selection involved a number of phone calls, texts, congratulatory messages and visits from friends. However, the very first call that he received came from the Hurricanes’ organization itself – something that Jarvis took to heart and won’t soon forget.
“It was actually a FaceTime call from Rod Brind’Amour and Don Waddell who called me first,” Jarvis reflected. “They showed me my stuff in one of their stalls in the locker room and it looked awesome. That is definitely something that I will remember forever, just being able to talk to a guy like that and for them to be that generally excited for me to be in the organization is just such a huge honour.”
Surrounded by the most important people in his life, being his immediate family, grandparents, his uncle Carson and his closest buddies, Jarvis remains thankful for the opportunity he has been blessed with, and looks forward to taking the next steps in his development as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes.