The Journey: Top Fantasy Prospects In The WHL

Dave Hall

2020-04-18

Hello fantasy enthusiasts and welcome back to The Journey. Yes, the weeks may have begun to blend into one by now, but hopefully I can bring you a little joy and excitement in the form of some fantasy prospect talk. 

If you missed last week's installment, I mentioned that I will be spending the next few weeks bringing you the top fantasy prospect from region to region. So far, I have covered the QJMHL and the OHL which were packed full of potential. So, if you missed them, make sure to give them a read.

This week, I will be heading West to the WHL, which is considered slightly inferior to its brother leagues out East in regards to 2020 prospects. Nonetheless, there are still some noteworthy talents could sneak into your fantasy lineups for years to come.

Seth Jarvis

Position: Center/Wing

Fantasy Upside: 9.0

NHL Certainty: 8.5

You likely won't see him go top-5 this June. In fact, you may even see him fall outside the top-10. Regardless, Seth Jarvis has been catapulting up the scouting ranks since the beginning of the season, and is blossoming into one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. Leading the charge on a top-seeded Portland Winterhawks squad, the Winnipeg native sat second in the league, recording a stellar 98 points in just 58 regular-season matches. 

The 18-year-old brings a very exciting brand of hockey to the table, highlighted by his phenomenal skating abilities. With an extremely quick first step, Jarvis is able to blow past his opponents, often leading to high-level scoring opportunities. He possesses fantastic edge work, cutting in and out of areas, enabling him to create open space for both himself and his linemates. He's got a deadly accurate shot that allows him to beat goaltenders from all areas of the ice. Whether it is in tight, mid-range or on the rush, his ability to fool goaltenders serves as a constant threat.

While offense is his main MO, he also plays a great 200-foot game. Thanks to his elite skating ability, Jarvis is able to play all three of the zones at a very fast pace. This is clearly evident in the stat department as he posted a plus-53 rating this season. If you throw all of this into a blender and combine it with his ability to play both center and t