Seth Jarvis's sensational AHL run has come to an end for this season. The 19-year-old forward was assigned to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL on Tuesday.
Jarvis dominated in his first nine professional games, scoring seven goals and adding four assists in that time. He not only paced the Wolves in scoring, but he also led the entire AHL at just 19 years of age.
Unfortunately, Jarvis has to return to the CHL. I wrote about the NHL/CHL agreement last week, noting that it is a shame that players like Jarvis can't remain in the AHL. That said, the Wolves put it quite well from their official release:
The agreement states no CHL player can join an AHL team unless he’s 20 years old or has played four years of junior hockey. Jarvis (along with Wolves teammates Jamieson Rees, Ryan Suzuki and Phil Tomasino and other CHL players) was given special dispensation to start this season in the AHL while Canada’s junior leagues sorted out their COVID-related issues and set a schedule to return to play.
- Chicago Wolves
Unfortunately the business side of the CHL gets in the way of these players being able to develop in the AHL. However, it is understandable for the CHL, as these star players drive their league attendance and subsequently their league operation.
This is the beginning of the CHL assignments. As noted in the Wolves' official release, Jamieson Rees, Ryan Suzuki, and Philip Tomasino will all be heading back to their CHL clubs as well in the coming days, meaning the Wolves will be without much of the top talent they've featured so far this season.
Nevertheless, the Wolves still have plenty of talent to compete this season. With players such as Dominik Bokk, David Cotton, Tom Novak, and Rem Pitlick still on the roster, the Wolves will be set up well to continue their domination of the AHL this season.