Draft

2020 NHL Draft Scouting Report: Seth Jarvis

The NY Rangers currently have a second 1st round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft that will be in the 21-24 range. There are a lot of good targets for the Rangers in that range. None will be Alexis Lafreniere, but the Rangers will land talent given the depth of the draft. The scouting report on Seth Jarvis shows could be a good high ceiling pick if the Rangers keep their extra first rounder.

It’s worth noting that I am no draft expert. I did a lot of Googling and Youtubing. You should be checking out sites like Future ConsiderationsElite ProspectsDobber Hockey, and others on Twitter (@SternScouting@ManUtdTobbe@aj_ranger, and I’m sure I missed a bunch).

Scouting Report and Production

Jarvis has one of the sexier stat lines in the offense heavy WHL (42-56-98 in 58 games). Jarvis is rising up the ranks because the line matches the talent. That said, remember to take WHL scoring lines with a grain of salt. The league is notoriously high scoring

As for the talent, Jarvis may be a little short at 5’9″, but that shouldn’t mean he’s not worth the pick. Jarvis’ offensive talents –hands, skating, vision, playmaking– are all there and among the best in the draft. He’s a pure goal scorer too, with many different strong shot options.

One of the things that stands out to me is that he always seems to be a step ahead of the play. He finds open ice to open up options for himself and his teammates. Combine that with slick hands and solid agility on his skates, and it creates an offensive threat anywhere on the ice.

Jarvis has great acceleration that makes separation easy for high quality chances. He also gets to the net and has no problem with the physical aspect of the game. He uses his speed to dip the shoulder on the rush, shielding the puck while also able to get a good shot off.

He’s another guy that also excels in all three zones, and is one of his team’s top penalty killers. When on the PK, he uses his solid reads and speed to force turnovers and disrupt the offense.

Concerns

Jarvis is listed as a center, but he projects out to be a winger. That isn’t necessarily a concern, just something to note.

The “concern” is regarding Jarvis’ size. He’s short, but that doesn’t mean he’s ineffective or weak. While most kids his age need to work on strength, it’s not a major issue. Jarvis drives the net and is in high priced real estate, but he is rarely along the boards digging for pucks. That’s also not necessarily a concern, since he’s in front looking for pucks anyway.

Like most players outside of the top-five, Jarvis will need a few years before he’s NHL ready. He needs to fill out a little bit more. Jarvis also needs to fine tune some of his natural skills.

Prior Reports: Jan MysakNoel GunlerConnor Zary

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  • Dylan Holloway — and yes I know, he won’t be available after pick #15, if not sooner. Time to use some of our future draft choices (because we have lots of prospects) to move up in the draft and pinpoint what we really need — a big physical 2-way Center that skates with power and has the offensive upside to be a 2C down the line.

    • tanto

      One has to agree with your assessment, and I suspect the team won’t draft this kid. JG wants to be a tougher team to play against, and he doesn’t fit the definition of a tougher person to play against.

      “That said, remember to take WHL scoring lines with a grain of salt. The league is notoriously high scoring.”

      I remember them saying the very same thing about the QJHL a number of years back…………….

      • Walt..Benn, Drasaitl, Point and Barzal all played in the WHL. I could name another 123 NHL players who all played in the Western Hockey League but I think you get my point.

        • Bloomer

          I’m not saying this kid isn’t a natural scorer, it’s the label they gave the WHL, the same as they did about the QJHL years ago!!!!!!!!!!!

          I just find that ironic that’s all…………

      • This kid is tough to play against. He has the pro body, goes to the dirty areas, lays guys out when the hit presents itself … and is such a good skater, one of the best in the draft.

        • tanto

          If you say so, I never read that, and won’t bad mouth the kid. My post was referring to his size, and the fact that JG wanted probably bigger guys on the team, that are tough!!!!!!!

          Or at least that’s how I interpreted the remark by JG???????

          • tanto

            I read that he was smaller. Any number of players, whatever the sport, is usually listed bigger than he is. If I remember correctly, Kakko was listed at 6’3″, 215, and he came in smaller than listed!!!!!!!!!!

  • I always between the old adage..A team should choose the best player that is available with their draft pick no matter what position they play. A lot of focus on centers but I hate to see the Ranger team miss out on a impact kick ass Blue liner for a center who will fade away to obscurity.

  • Vintage Kevin Hayes like always with the main assist… Looking like a prime Joe Thornton with that 90 ft end to end play by him.. Completely behind the net, sends a pass FLAT right down main street.. As Richter1994 calls every Chytil point, E.L.I.T.E!!

    Zib and him as the 1c-2c would have been something. I know Vally must be piss watching him skate in orange and black.

  • Vintage Kevin Hayes like always with the main assist… Looking like a prime Joe Thornton with that 90 ft end to end play by him.. Completely behind the net, sends a pass FLAT right down main street.. As Richter1994 calls every Chytil point, E.L.I.T.E!!

    Zib and him as the 1c-2c would have been something. I know Vally must be piss watching him skate in orange and black.

  • Hayes is having awesome playoff and JT Miller with the insurance goal tonight for his Canucks. But apparently they were dog poop when the played in New York.

  • Jarvis isn’t fast enough to turn WHL defenders right now, doubt that gets better as he goes up levels.

    I’ve seen him undress D in tight in a way that would only happen against emergency callups.

    His scoring rate didn’t explode until he started playing with 2021 draft eligible Jack O’Brien.

    He’s a guy that if I can post off his hips, he’s done.

    Not a bum, just a guy.

      • Not a playmaker like St. Croix, more a predator who will take a mile when you give him an inch.

        Problem is that when you get to the NHL level, the inches are taken away.

        He’ll tear it up even in the AHL, just doubtful he scores enough to be a viable top 6 player except on a bad team.

        The lag between posts and the ability to respond right now is problematic.

    • Reenavipul

      This is the reason your post are sooooooo good, your coming from a scout’s point of view, and we only read the little write ups that are out there.

  • Seth is just the type of player that will be available at the 23rd pick. Like it or not, this is the level of player available then. Not to big, has some good points and needs work in others. Anyone we pick here projects to be a bottom 6 forward.

    • He will go way before 23, just don’t think it’s wise.

      My model has him 5th, but when I saw him I didn’t see it translate beyond an expansion opening a spot for him.

      The kind of guy that Tampa could exploit, but most others couldn’t.

  • I don’t see the Rangers getting inside 15 unless they part with some of there blue chippers, (Miller, etc). Will they trade the pick? We need some physical presence for sure. I love the kid Ghulen, but he is a D-man and will be long gone by the time we pick. T is right that we need a centerman….I don’t forsee any blockbuster deal or deals, but nothing is impossible…..Tick….Tock……as we near draft night…..

  • I was all for the Rangers tear down…what I wasn’t for was tearing it down by trading the wrong players away.

    The Rangers could have signed Hayes for 5 years, 27-28mm and Miller to a 5 year 25mm deal the year before they traded them away, they couldn’t because of the albatross contracts they handed out to guys 3-4 years prior…i.e, Staal, Giradi, Hank, Boyle, Shattensht, Richards, who were still on the team or bought out and ruining the cap space.

    That is how you go 30-50 years between winning cups.

    The Bruins saw the value in Marchand, Pasta, Krug and the like and signed them to deals that paid them more before their real value kicked in and now they are bargains.

    That is how you win…you keep the guys who win playoff hockey games for you.

    Hayes has some warts but he is a big, big man with a lot of skill who knows how to protect and carry the puck.

    Miller always played with an edge…he was still developing the skills that make him who he is today.

    Graves was never given a shot…but will anchor that pairing with Makar for the next 10 years.

    Imagine having those 3 guys on our “rebuild”!

    We just paid Trouba 8mm a year and that is at least 1mm over payment.

    We will have almost 8mm in dead cap space, without counting Hank

    But now, we have to consider trading D’Angelo and Strome away because they will ask for too much…

    Let’s rinse and repeat the stupidity!

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