Leading up to the NHL draft, I’ll be profiling 10 players who the Oilers could consider taking with the No. 14 pick. Today, we have Seth Jarvis. 

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Much like Jack Quinn, who I profiled earlier this week, a breakout season helped Seth Jarvis rocket up this year’s draft rankings.

In 2018-19, Jarvis put together a solid rookie season for the Portland Winterhawks, producing 16 goals and 39 points in 61 games along with three points in five playoff games. Heading into 2019-20, Jarvis was generally projected as a mid-second-round pick.

In 2019-20, Jarvis exploded offensively. He scored 42 goals and 98 points for the Winterhawks this season, good for third in the WHL in goals and second in points. If you expand the list, only four players in the OHL and two players in the QMJHL recorded more points in 2019-20 than Jarvis did.

As a result, he’s worked his way up to as high as No. 11 on some pre-draft lists.

Seth Jarvis

Date of Birth: February 1, 2002
Country: Canada
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5’10” / 178 cm

Weight: 172 lbs / 78 kg

Ranked #18 by TSN/McKenzie

“His ability to work in tight spaces seems as good a place as any. Jarvis is one of the best attackers in the draft with a defender on his back; he seeks out pressure with gear-changes or stops-and-starts, then creatively pulls away with an arsenal of moves. As a gifted passer and shooter, he’s the type of player who wants the puck on his stick.” EliteProspects 2020 NHL Draft Guide

“Jarvis had a fantastic season, as the WHL’s second-leading scorer and a major part of why Portland was such a dominant team. Jarvis is a dynamic player who ticks a lot of boxes. He is a highly skilled and intelligent with a lot of quickness. He has the skill to beat defenders 1-on-1, but more importantly, he does so with speed. The high-end pace of his game is what makes him so dangerous and will translate to the higher levels. He has legit NHL speed and very good edges, allowing him to pressure defenders at the highest level with speed and cutbacks. I wouldn’t call his hands elite or call him an elite passer, but he has flashes of the highest level with both and both attributes are very good. Jarvis isn’t the biggest forward, but he is a very hard working player. He attacks the middle of the ice consistently, he’s hard on pucks and wins far more battles than you’d think a 5-foot-10 forward would. His game is very direct and he will be both a coach and fan-favorite due to the way he plays the game. His combination of skill, speed, production and work ethic make him a player that projects to play high in an NHL lineup.” – Corey Pronman, The Athletic’s 2020 Draft Board

Given the fact he was the WHL’s third-highest goal scorer this season, you’d think one of Jarvis’ best attributes would be his shooting. Interestingly enough, that isn’t the case. Jarvis is said by scouts to be a more of a high-quality playmaker than a pure shoot-first sniper.

Instead of scoring goals with an amazing shot, Jarvis is able to put the puck in the back of the net due to his speed and tenacity in the offensive zone. Jarvis has good puck skills in close that nicely complement his smart, fearless style. Despite his size, he isn’t afraid to go to the net, get dirty, and score goals from in tight.

Watching videos of Jarvis and reading the description I linked from Corey Pronman, Jarvis actually reminds me quite a bit of another Oilers’ draft pick from the WHL — Kailer Yamamoto. They’re smaller players who don’t boast overwhelming physical skills but they’re both are weapons in the offensive zone due to their tenacity, quickness, and high hockey IQ.

We saw this season with Yamamoto how nicely that package translates to the NHL, so adding Jarvis to the mix could give Edmonton yet another quality top-six weapon in the near future.

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