Seth Jarvis didn’t have to wait long on Tuesday night to hear his name called at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The Winnipeg, MB native was drafted 13th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes, becoming the first Western Hockey League player selected in the first round.
A few picks later, Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Kaiden Guhle was selected 16th overall by the Montreal Canadiens and that started a trend of WHL players going off the board.
All together, seven players from the WHL were selected on Tuesday night. It marks the second consecutive season the WHL has seen seven players selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. With seven more WHL players chosen in the first round of the NHL Draft, the WHL’s all-time total number of first-round NHL Draft selections sits at 322 since the 1967 NHL Amateur Draft.
Stay tuned for day two of the draft as more Winterhawks are hopeful to solidify their path to the NHL.
Jarvis was the first WHL player selected in round one of the NHL Draft and forward Cross Hanas became the first WHL player selected in round two. The Texas native was drafted 55th overall by the Detroit Red Wings. He ranked third on the Winterhawks with 22 goals and played for Team USA at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Unsigned Winterhawks prospect Tyler Kleven was also drafted earlier in the second round, going 44th overall to the Ottawa Senators. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defenseman played this past season for the U.S. National Development Program. He is committed to the University of North Dakota.
Three other WHL players were selected in the second round, including U.S. Division players Jack Finley (57, Spokane) and Gage Goncalves (62, Everett).
After 93 picks, 14 total WHL players were selected in the NHL Draft.
Two familiar Western Conference names were called in this round, including the WHL’s first goaltender off the board. Kamloops Blazers netminder Dylan Garand was selected 103rd overall by the New York Rangers. A few picks later, former Vancouver Giant and current Medicine Hat Tiger Lukas Svejkovsky was drafted by Pittsburgh.
The Winterhawks had their third player drafted when the Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning took Jaydon Dureau with the 147th overall pick. After a breakout season in 2019-20, Dureau became the third WHL player taken in the round and the third Tampa Bay selection from the Western Hockey League.
Two unsigned Portland prospects (Chase Yoder and Joe Miller) were selected in the final 60 picks of the NHL Draft. Yoder is attending Providence College this year and Miller with join the University of Minnesota in 2021.
The 2020 NHL Draft concluded after roughly eight hours of coverage on day two. The WHL was well represented with 28 prospects getting selected by NHL clubs, including ten U.S. Division players.
The virtual stage is set for the 2020 NHL Draft and a handful of Portland Winterhawks are hopeful to hear their name called during the two-day festivities.
Close to 100 prospects were expected to be inside the Bell Centre in Montreal for this year’s draft, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the draft was re-scheduled because of health concerns. Even though the draft will be different this year, the Portland Winterhawks are excited to add to their impressive list of players selected during the NHL Draft.
Second-year forward Seth Jarvis enters the draft as Portland’s top prospect, scoring 42 goals and 56 assists in a mere 58 games. He was named the WHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player, finished second in the WHL scoring race and thanks to his strong finish to the 2019-20 regular season, he rose to 11th on the NHL Central Scouting rankings. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native is looking to become the 30th Winterhawk drafted in the first round and 140th Winterhawk drafted in organization history.
Four other Winterhawks were also recognized by NHL Central Scouting as prospects eligible for this week’s draft. Forward Cross Hanas (58), forward Simon Knak (81), defenseman Jonas Brøndberg (115) and forward Robbie Fromm-Delorme (196) all made their way on the list.
Additionally, a few other Winterhawks have participated in NHL Development Camps and may catch the attention of NHL scouts on day two.
Round one will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. PT and rounds two through seven will continue on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:30 a.m. PT. Fans can watch the draft coverage live on the NBC Sports Network, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVAS.