Seth Jarvis is currently attending his first NHL training camp after being selected 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. He was kind enough to take some time out of his day to talk to me about his experiences at camp, life during the pandemic, and more!
First of all, congratulations on signing your Entry Level Contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. How does it feel knowing that you’re one step closer to the NHL?
It’s a really cool feeling. After getting drafted, that’s the first thing you want to do. I’m pumped to be a part of this organization and I can’t wait to get started!
How have you liked North Carolina so far?
It’s an awesome place. The first thing I’ve noticed is the weather since I’ve been able to wear shorts most days. Sightseeing in downtown and North Hills has been awesome. It’s somewhere that I’m really pumped to play in and spend a lot of time in over the course of my career.
Could you walk us through draft day? What was it like attending the draft virtually?
It was really weird and not how I had imagined my draft day would go. They emailed us a link and we used our laptops to set everything up. We all watched the draft just like the fans did, although we were a few seconds ahead. We were enjoying it along with the fans, which was a cool experience for me.
When did it sink in that you were a member of an NHL team?
I don’t think it sunk in until the next day. I woke up and realized that my dream came true and that I was drafted to an NHL team. I couldn’t believe that this moment had finally come. It all hit me then.
You recently took part in Hockey Canada’s camp for the World Juniors. Were there any lessons that you took away from Hockey Canada’s camp this past month?
That was a great team that came up a little short, which is disappointing for my friends on the team. I had a lot of friends on that team, so I feel bad that they came so close only to come just short. Being a part of that camp was super special. That was my first time getting cut from a team and it’s the first real adversity that I’ve had to face. It pushes me to keep playing my game and work on getting better and better.
What’s something that you view as your biggest asset?
I’m a fast player, but it’s not necessarily my speed that is a huge asset. I think my quickness is a big asset. I can gain an advantage in a short puck race with my first few steps and it allows for me to create offense a little easier.
What are some of your biggest takeaways from your first few days at an NHL camp? Is the pace or style of play any different than what you’re used to?
The first two days were a little scary being with players that are established NHL players. After those two days I realized that I’m here for a reason and that I should play with confidence and not change anything. I have to stick with what got me to this point and what Carolina drafted me for. It’s been a fun experience being around great players and great people.
What’s it like working with your group?
There’s not a leader that sticks out, but everyone steps up to make sure everyone is comfortable. Ryan (Warsofsky) has been great. He’s been teaching me what it’s like to battle through the minors or the NHL and I’ve learned a lot from him. I could see myself learning from him a lot more throughout my time here.
Is there a bit of a friendly rivalry between you, Stelio Mattheos, and Morgan Geekie since you all trained together in the offseason?
Not really, no. It’s nice having Stelio and Geeks here that way I can turn to them if I have questions. It’s making the transition a little easier having them here.
What have you done to keep yourself occupied since March? Have you picked up any new hobbies?
Over the summer I picked up golf a lot more and played it a lot more than I used to. I was able to do that a lot more than other things because it’s outside and easier to distance. Obviously tons of working out and training.
Do you try and model your game after a certain player, or do you like to play a style that is uniquely yours?
There’s a few guys, but mostly, I try to play like Brayden Point. He’s a smaller guy that makes a huge impact everywhere on the ice, and that’s what I want to do in the NHL. It motivates me to model my game after him.
Finally, do you have a message for Canes fans as we head into quite possibly the strangest season ever?
Enjoy it! Nobody knows what this season will look like, so the hockey is going to come by quicker. Hopefully we’ll have a Stanley Cup to show for it!
Hopefully so, Seth. With the WHL hopefully starting up soon, it’s likely that Jarvis will return to the WHL and continue his development in Portland. He’s an exciting player to follow and should be a Hurricane for a very long time!