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Next up on the list of Senator’s prospects season reviews is winger/centre Roby Jarventie. Jarventie is one of my favourite Sens prospects and is a guy who I believe can bring some legit offence to the NHL. The 21-year-old Fin just wrapped up his second full-time season in the AHL with Belleville, where he impressed me. I will be looking for Jarventie to light up the AHL this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play a chunk of games in the NHL with Ottawa.
Roby Jarventie’s AHL Production
Roby Jarventie had a sneakily productive season with the Belleville Senators scoring 30 points in 40 games. Unfortunately, like many of his teammates, Jarventie dealt with injuries this season, including a knee injury that sidelined him for three months. However, it did not hinder Jarventie’s overall success as his most productive stretch came after he returned.
The most eye-popping number I noticed when researching Jarventies season is that he scored 23 points in his last 26 games. This isn’t just a situation where I believe a player found lightning in a bottle. A 26-game sample size is more than enough for me to believe that Jarventie’s end-of-season stretch was not a stroke of luck.
Of course, some of this was from Jarventie’s continued development as a player throughout the season, but he also increased his production when moved to centre. There were times this season when Jarventie was not playing to the level the organization expected from him. A lot of the time it was when he was playing on the wing. Well, that all changed when he made the move to centre and elevated his overall game (production included).
While I don’t expect Jarventie to play centre at the NHL level, there is no harm in allowing him to play that position in Belleville. It would allow him to have the maximum puck touches and develop his defensive game. After Roby’s incredible 26-game “hot streak”, I cannot wait to see what he brings next season.
Could Jarventie Be A Dark Horse To Make Ottawa
I believe Roby Jarventie is close to being ready for the NHL, but with the current depth chart, I don’t see him making the team right away. There are simply just too many guys that I believe will get a shot before Jarventie (Sokolov, Greig, Smejkal, Crookshank). I don’t necessarily think all of these players are more impactful than Jarventie, but having players like Smejkal and Crookshank on the fourth line should work. Jarventie doesn’t seem like a player who would be effective in a fourth-line role without any pp time, and for that reason, I think he will start with Belleville.
It’s certainly not impossible, but I don’t see it happening.
Comparing Jarventie To Other Similar Prospects
The lack of recognition Jarventie seems to get is a little bit surprising in my eyes. Even among Sens fans, I feel as though he is quite an underrated prospect. Below I am going to put in some highly touted prospects who have had similar AHL production to Jarventie.
- Roby Jarventie – 30 Points in 40 AHL Games
- Thomas Bordeleau – 41 Points In 65 AHL Games
- Brendan Brisson – 37 Points In 58 AHL Games
- Tyson Foerster – 48 Points In 66 AHL Games
- Mavrik Bourque – 47 Points In 70 AHL Games
Jarventie has a slightly smaller sample size, but the numbers show he is a much better prospect than many people give him credit for. Points don’t mean everything, but they are a solid tool for projecting offensive players. While I am not saying that Jarventie is better than any of these prospects per se, I am saying he deserves to be in the same discussion.
Who Does Roby Jarventie Compare To At The NHL Level
As I mentioned earlier in the article, I don’t see Jarventie as a centre at the NHL level. I see him as a big, shoot-first winger who would excel with some secondary power play time. With that said, here is a guy who Jarventie reminds me of with some explanation, and who Sens fans should become more familiar with next season.
The player to discuss is one of the newest members of the Ottawa Senators, Dominik Kubalik. Kubalik is a pure offensive shoot-first winger who uses his one-timer to his advantage. This is exactly what I expect from Jarventie who has shown how dangerous his off-side one-timer can be. Both players won’t provide much high-level offence outside of their shooting ability, but they should still be effective.
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