The Journey: NHL Rookies Update — Jarvis Rookie Debut, Sillinger Stays & More

Hadi Kalakeche


Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.

This week, I wanted to highlight the progress that some of the NHL's prospects have made, and what that progress will lead to in their immediate future. The names below have either earned a call-up, been sent down, cemented their place in their team's starting lineup, or produced at an impressive rate over the last few weeks. Either way, they have a lot to look forward to this season, and should be able to string together a decent year at the pro level.

Starting off, a prospect I've been looking forward to seeing in the NHL.

Seth Jarvis' Stellar Start

Jarvis took a while to crack the Canes' lineup, as the team went 7-0-0 to start the year and was unwilling to change things up while on a hot streak. When the prospect finally got his shot in the lineup, he wasted no time making himself noticeable despite playing on the fourth line: he displayed outstanding positioning and hands in the neutral zone to either get pucks back or carry them up the ice, and came very close to earning a goal and an assist after two periods.

An outstanding positional steal in the neutral zone allowed Jarvis to start an exchange between him and Derek Stepan at the offensive blueline, and his one-hand pass to Steven Lorentz was tipped onto the post. Later in the same period, Jarvis had an open cage and the puck on his stick in the slot, but a Coyotes defender got a skate on the puck before it got across the line. With barely over two minutes left in the third period, Jarvis earned a power-play assist in his first NHL game, as he participated in Brett Pesce's match-winning point shot.

Four days later, Jarvis was playing his second NHL game, this time against the Blackhawks — in the second period, he benefited from Erik Gustafsson's hesitation on a loose puck at the offensive blue line and went on a breakaway, but lost control of the puck while going to his backhand. Luckily for him, Marc-André Fleury had gone for the pok