In less than 48 hours to open, and Carolina Hurricanes still have a couple of future fan favorites hanging out with veterans. Jack Drury, who was picked by Carolina in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, also known as Svechnidraft, and Seth Jarvis, who finished 13th on the overall list two years later. Two very different players, each with a very bright future, who could play the roles earlier than expected.
Only one of them will start the season with Hurricanes.
Drury has serious hockey pedigrees. Not exactly in the spirit of Sutter, Staal or Howe, but his father, Ted, has played in over 400 NHL games in eight seasons. Meanwhile, Uncle Chris is a former Rangers captain and co-captain of the Buffalo Sabers when the team lost to the Hurricanes in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals.
Drury is talented, competitive and smart as a whip. He’s probably positioning himself as the center of the 3rd line, but NHL talent evaluators are in awe of his hockey IQ, and the word “winner” is the word most commonly used in Drury’s discussions. With the cancellation of his junior season at Harvard, Drury made the decision to play professionally overseas, and it worked out great.
He scored 10 goals and 31 points in 40 games for Waxjo in the Swedish elite league and was named one of three rookie of the year finalists. He then stepped up his game with five times and 11 points in 14 games – second in the league – when Waxjo won the Swedish championship. In his sophomore year, Drury led Crimson with 20 goals and added 19 assists in 28 games.
Drury is going to kill him for the Carolina American Hockey League’s Chicago branch.
While Jack is on the roster tonight as Thursday rolls around and the Hurricanes activate Vincent Trocek from the injury list, Drury will be heading to the Wolves to play many minutes in high leverage situations. Drury is now on the roster only to help create more Long Term Injury Opportunity (LTIR), and Jake Gardiner has been out this season.
With Drury on the roster as the season kicked off on Tuesday, the LTIR benefit was increased to nearly $ 3.5 million. That’s still less than Gardiner’s $ 4.05 cap, but better than about $ 2.6 million. Drury’s NHL salary of 925,000 will be deregistered as soon as he is sent to the minors, and the Hurricanes will be able to build some free space for stakes if needed during the season.
UPDATE: The Hurricanes amended their squad on Tuesday. So Drury is now in the American Hockey League, and Trocek is in the active squad.
Jarvis, drafted by the Hurricanes when they took over Patrick Marlowe’s contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, will become the top six scorers in the future. Fast, creative and fearless to the pocketed zones in the middle of the ice, Jarvis opened enough eyes without scoring a goal in the preseason to guarantee a free 9-game Cane trial.
“He definitely doesn’t look like a teenager,” head coach Rod Brind’Amour said after Carolina’s third preseason match with the Nashville Predators, which represented their entire NHL team. “It was a real team that he played against, and he looks like he belongs to this league, that’s for sure.”
Well, the rules say the Hurricanes can test 24 cars over 9 regular season games before they have to recruit the 19-year-old or return him to their junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Smart money suggests that Jarvis is far from the only chance to create enough hype in the first 3 weeks of the season to stay here, but I believe Brind’Amour approaches this with an open mind, and it is quite possible. that he would leave the team no choice but to leave him.
But where does he play? When does he play? In what situations? How often?
Didn’t expect to see Jarvis in his first leg against the Islanders. First of all, New York will be a difficult team against which you have to make your first flight in the NHL. I’m not saying you have to protect him, but given the 100% health of regular players, I would expect Brind’Amur to use all the veterans at his disposal.
Let’s be honest, Jarvis won’t be in 4th, and he’s not going to oust Teuvo Teravainen or Martin Nekas, so when he eventually makes the squad he’ll be with Jordan Staal at the center. Have you seen the line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Staal and Jarvis? Why not. The head coach was once in the center of the line with Bates Battaglia and a rookie named Eric Cole. It worked fine.
While not a fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jarvis gets some power play time when he’s in the lineup. Not sure who will come off one of the top two players, but Jarvis moves the puck well and has great vision, which is an advantage for men.
As for how many games he gets, it will depend on what those games have. If Jarvis leaves his superiors no choice but to leave him, the Hurricanes will make their team much better. If Jarvis is still more promising and promising than the producer, by the morning of November 4, after the Hurricanes’ performance in Chicago, he will fly back to Portland to join the Winterhawks in his final amateur season.
For a team that is built to compete for the Stanley Cup today, it is really good to know that there are new parts of the future Hurricane teams ahead of us.