The Bearcats also acquired a fourth round pick this summer in the deal, sending 2015 first-round pick Scottie Greene, a 2017 second rounder and future considerations to the St. Stephen club.
Jarvis, 20, has spent the last two seasons with the County Aces, where he’s become one of the league’s more steady offensive forces despite playing for the last-place team.
The native of Quesnel, B.C. has 35 points in 31 games this season.
“Well, he comes in here as our new top scorer,” said Bearcats coach and general manager Shawn Evans after the trade was finalized. “He will not hurt our powerplay struggles, that’s for sure.”
Jarvis will slot in as a centre, relieving some of the pressure on Jimmy Soper and Connor Morrison. With Johnny Foley returning from the Charlottetown Islanders this week, “getting Eli fills out four solid lines for us, for the first time all season,” Evans said.
The Bearcats had been looking at Jarvis for a long time, and when the time came to make a move to bolster the offence, it was him they made a strong push for.
“I feel I paid a heavy enough price to get him,” Evans said. “But we’d been peeking at him for a while.”
In giving up Greene, the Bearcats resign themselves to the likelihood the Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador, native would have never skated for them anyways. After being passed over the in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft, Greene made the Sherbooke Phoenix as a walk-on. Last week, he was dealt to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Considered a dark horse prospect with upside in major junior, there’s a fair chance the 17-year-old Greene won’t play in the Maritime league until his 20-year-old season, if ever.
The trade prevents the Bearcats from losing any roster players, due in large part to the decision to only carry 21 players of the 23-player limit to start the season. Jarvis and fellow recent acquisition, Josh Worthen, have now filled the two spots. It also gives Truro all of its own draft picks in 2016, plus two extra fourth round picks.
“You know what, I’ve got (Jarrod) Shipley, Riley (Baggs), (Tyler) Pyke, (Jamie) Penney and Alex Anthony on defence right now, who are all eligible to come back next season,” Evans said. “And the picks give a little wiggle room in case anything should come up.”
Jarvis played for the Cariboo Cougars in B.C. major midget, while spending an eight-game stint with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the British Columbia Junior A Hockey League. He played the next season in Saskatchewan junior A with the Kindersley Klippers, before moving to the Maritimes. In 40 games split between Amherst and County last season, he had 14 goals and 18 assists.