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Video: Sharks’ Hertl ‘under evaluation’ after collision

Oct 13, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators might capture San Jose Sharks’ rookie Tomas Hertl‘s high-profile week perfectly. In the first period, he scored his seventh goal of this young season. Yet, for the second game in a row, he took a worrisome hit.

Hertl, 19, is reportedly “under evaluation” after colliding with Senators forward Clarke MacArthur, the Mercury News’ David Pollak reports. As of this writing, he hasn’t returned since that second-period hit.

Multiple onlookers agree that the contact was incidental, but see for yourself in this video from CSNBayArea.com: (In other words, few if any people are comparing it to the check that earned Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler a three-game suspension.)

In fact, Sharks blog Fear the Fin fears that the young forward is putting himself in harm’s way far too often.

If Sharks fans want to feel a little better, San Jose won 3-2 to push its record to 5-0-0. Also, here’s the Hertl goal:

  1. btlpper68 - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    And left his gear on the ice like an equipment sale

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Hope he keeps his head up after this situation. Sharks need him to stay healthy and that will start once he stops putting himself in bad situations.

  3. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    I noticed that during the Vancouver game. He had his head down alot with the puck. He’s used to gettin away with that more in the European leagues. He’s gotta adjust to the hard hitting North American style where there’s always someone ready to catch you with your head down. Other then that the kid is a phenomenal goal scorer and amazing to watch. Sharks got great pick when they grabbed him and alot to be excited about . He’s got a very bright future ahead of him if he can keep his head up

  4. joey4id - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    How can it be incidental? MacArthur clearly saw Hertl coming because he braced himself just before contact was made.Now it doesn’t mean it is a suspendable head shot.

  5. LampyB - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    If macarthur braces himself it can still be incidental contact. It’s not “accidental” contact, lol.

    Regardless, hertl basically does a nose dive into macarthur. 100% his own fault, it was actually quite humorous.

  6. imleftcoast - Oct 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Sharks have become a team of fakers and divers.

    • j4klein95 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      Said no one with any knowledge of hockey.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      You’re clearly mistaking them for the Bruins.

  7. sjsharks66 - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Wait, what? Divers and fakers?

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