Seth Jarvis on Tuesday, Oct. 6, became the 30th Portland Winterhawks player taken in the first round of the National Hockey League Draft, going to the Carolina Hurricanes with the 13th pick.
An 18-year-old center from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jarvis finished second in the Western Hockey League in his 17-year-old season with 98 points in 58 games (42 goals, 56 assists) and led Portland to the best record in the league before the season was cut short by COVID-19. Over his final 26 games last season, the 5-10 Jarvis posted 27 goals and 36 assists.
In two seasons with Portland, Jarvis has 58 goals and 81 assists in 130 regular-season games.
On the NBC Sports broadcast of the draft, Jarvis was praised for his puck handling ability, his hockey smarts and his effectiveness on both offense and defense. Commentators compared Jarvis' game to that of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner and to Tampa Bay forward Brayden Point.
Jarvis is the first Winterhawks player taken in the first round since 2017, when Cody Glass was taken sixth by Las Vegas, becoming that franchise's first-ever draft pick. Also in that draft, defenseman Henri Jokiharju went in the first round, selected 29th by Chicago.
Jarvis was the first of seven WHL players selected in Tuesday's first round.
The others were: Prince Albert defenseman Kaiden Guhle (16th to Montreal), Brandon defenseman Braden Schneider (19th to New York Rangers), Kamloops center Connor Zary (24th to Calgary), Edmonton left wing Jake Neighbours (26th to St. Louis), Brandon center Ridly Greig (28th to Ottawa) and Prince Albert right wing Ozzy Wiesblatt (31st to San Jose).
A handful of current Winterhawks are expected to hear their names called on Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, when rounds 2-7 take place (NHL Network). The Winterhawks' other draft-eligible players are forwards Cross Hanas, Simon Knak, Robbie Fromm-Delorme and Jaydon Dureau, defensemen Jonas Brondberg and Clay Hanus and goalie Dante Giannuzzi.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the draft announced that the NHL is targeting Jan. 1 for the start of the 2020-21 season.
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