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Sharks expect Hertl to compete for roster spot next season

Jun 3, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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We mentioned this Friday, but the San Jose Sharks officially announced today that the team has signed its 2012 first-round draft pick (17th overall), Czech center Tomas Hertl, to an entry-level contract.

Hertl, 19, had a team-high 18 goals and 30 points for HC Slavia Praha this season.

“Tomas has the tools and skill set to be an impactful player for our organization,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a release. “He has been a dominant player at every level he has played at in his career thus far, including playing against players older and more physically mature than him. We are tremendously excited to have Tomas come to training camp this fall and compete for a spot on our roster.”

Of course, the Sharks already boast tremendous depth at the center position, led by Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, and Joe Pavelski.

It’s worth noting, however, that Thornton only has a year left on his contract, and at 33 years old it will be interesting to see how he fits into San Jose’s future, if at all.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Even though he’s been playing in the NHL since he was 18 I feel like he’s almost 40 not 33.

    • Brian Burke - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I was just gonna say, it seems like he’s way older than 33

    • nicoyashark - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Its just the beard guys lol!

  2. vanindeed - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    That’s because the prospect looks 12

  3. spitfisher - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    I would trade him and save the money-get what you can for him ,for players that do show up in the post season, lead by example and play with an edge……..thats why Boston let him go, that and he was an empty suit with the team and lockeroom. he was a good player for them, but he was being paid as a great player.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Boston let him go for nothing because Harry Sinden tried to force Thornton to change his game to become Eric Lindros and when it was apparent that just wasn’t Thornton’s game, they traded him.

    • rebel21das - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      That is pure nonsense, if he doesn’t retire with the Sharks I believe a lot of people will be livid including myself. He’s one heck of a hockey player and hopefully he finishes his career in black and teal.

  4. johnwwt1976 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Shows up in the playoffs?? He has 44 points in the last 4 years in the post-season!! I still think he has 5 more good years left in him, maybe he even plays past 40

  5. johnwwt1976 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Harry Sindin wasn’t the GM, it was Mike O’Connell and he got fired after that year

  6. joelwrobinson - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Can’t wait for sjsharks66 to explain how doug wilson f’d this up in some way #firesjsharks66

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