2. Ryan Suzuki
Canes fans were able to watch their second best prospect represent Team Canada at the World Juniors earlier this month. Ryan Suzuki, who is the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens forward Nick, had a solid tournament, posting two goals and four points in seven games. He has been apart of the Carolina Hurricanes organization since being selected 28th overall at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
The 19-year-old forward was drafted after his second season in the OHL for the Barrie Colts in which he scored 25 goals and 75 points in 65 games played. Those totals likely would have been better if he had any help, as the next highest scorer on his team that year was St. Louis Blues prospect Tyler Tucker, who had just 59. The following season, he was off to a somewhat disappointing start with the Colts, posting just 23 points in 21 games before being traded to the Saginaw Spirit. The trade helped get him back on track, as he ended the year off with 35 points in his final 23 games. He may not be as offensively talented as his brother, but he has all the tools to become an impactful NHLer.
1. Seth Jarvis
Another player who was one of the last cuts from Team Canada at this year’s World Juniors was Seth Jarvis. The reason he is first on this list while Suzuki, who made the team, is second is due to the fact that Jarvis is a year younger. The 18-year-old forward, who was taken 13th overall at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, had a fantastic 2019-20 season in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks, registering 42 goals and 98 points in just 58 games. His 98 points were second in the entire league, trailing only Adam Beckman who had 107.
Unfortunately for Jarvis, like many others, he has not been able to play in any games this season due to the pandemic. Last month, the WHL announced they were pushing back their January 8 start date due to a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
For Jarvis’ and many other players sake, hopefully the league will start up at some point, but it is starting to seem less and less likely. While the year lost would be a huge bummer, he is still a fantastic talent and will be fine in the long run. The Carolina Hurricanes have a potential superstar in the making here.