WHL Next Generation is a 23-part series highlighting a handful of the future stars of the Western Hockey League. From first-round bantam draft picks to later-blooming selections, get to know the names of players set to establish themselves as the newest crop of exciting talent to grace the WHL. From August 1 through August 31, get the inside scoop on the incoming rookie class of 2018-19.
Team: Portland Winterhawks
Position: Right Wing
Seth Jarvis will have one of the longer travels from home to fulfill his dream of playing in the WHL. The Winnipeg Man. native was drafted by the Winterhawks, a team that operates in Portland, over 2,300 km away.
“The change of scenery will be interesting,” stated Jarvis on his pending move to Portland. “It’s very flat in Manitoba, really quiet with not too much happening. Portland is a little smaller than Winnipeg but there is always stuff going on, there are mountains close by, it’s really nice out there.”
“It will be difficult leaving my family and friends and not being able to make weekend trips as easily as most guys who play in the league, but it will be a good experience and I know my billet family will be awesome.”
Jarvis is hoping that he can build of his impressive season with Rink Hockey Academy, where he posted 60 points (32G-28A) in 32 games.
“It was a great season, the players, the facilities, the coaches were exactly what you would wish for. We lost in the finals which put a damper on it, but it was a great year overall.”
“I have to contribute a lot of my success to the guys I was playing with. No one can put up over a point per game without selfless teammates who are willing to move the puck and capitalize on chances. In addition, the coaches did an excellent job of putting each player in opportunities to succeed.”
Jarvis got another opportunity to showcase his skill at the WHL Cup where he played for team Manitoba.
“The WHL Cup was an amazing experience that was run very well,” stated Jarvis. “We came in there with Team Manitoba not having too may expectations with how talented Team Alberta and Team B.C. were. We definitely shocked the tournament by beating B.C. in a shootout. The whole team was ecstatic. We lost to Alberta but ended up beating Saskatchewan in the Bronze Medal game, so we were happy with that.”
After an impressive showing in both the WHL Cup and the CSSHL, Jarvis was called to service by the Winterhawks. Where he suited up for 11 games, notching two assists.
“Heading into my first WHL game I was thinking about all the people who have helped me get here and all the hard work I have put in over the years. It was truly something special and I can’t thank those who’ve helped me get to this point enough.”
“My first point came against Tri-City in Kennewick. The puck came around the net to Alex Overhardt and he threw it to the middle and it just banked off my leg into the high slot where Ty Kolle finished it with a great shot. It wasn’t a pretty play, but it was a big goal to tie the game. At first, I don’t think I got credit for the assist, but it got added on a bit later.”
The talented winger has a knack for scoring as well, notching over a goal per game in each of his last three seasons. He is hoping to use some of that success heading into training camp.
“I’ve been training and skating five to six times a week. Just trying to prepare my body for playing against men in the WHL and being able to absorb the hits and endure the long road trips.”
While the Winnipeg Man. product is excited to begin his WHL, he realizes that the 24-hour drive from home to Portland means he won’t be seeing many of his friends for a while.
“I’ve been playing a lot of sports over the summer like basketball and football with some of my good friends. A lot of them have pools so we have also been hanging out and swimming, just trying to see them as much as I can before I start my journey.”
Portland fans should be excited to watch this dynamic scorer play. He describes himself as having speed and a good hockey IQ. He is known for his ability to control the pace and, obviously, put the puck in the back of the net. He likes to get in the dirty areas and doesn’t shy away from the physical game.
The former first-round pick says he plays a comparable game to Mitch Marner, with speed and quick hands at the forefront of his efforts. And the Portland Winterhawks will hope that he reaches the level of play that Marner has achieved.
You can catch Jarvis and the Winterhawks in action when they open their pre-season against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday August 31st at 3:00PM PST at the Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett Wash.
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