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Hertl (knee) to undergo surgery next week, no timetable for return

Dec 23, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT


Tomas Hertl, the NHL’s leading rookie scorer, will undergo knee surgery next week and could be out for longer than the initial diagnosis of one month, according to Sharks GM Doug Wilson.

Hertl, 20, was injured on a hit from Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown last week and initial reports (including one from Hertl’s father) suggested the first-year forward would miss a month of action while recovering.

Now, it appears that timetable will be longer.

Wilson said the club expects Hertl to be sidelined longer than a month, but won’t have a definitive schedule until after the surgery. On Saturday, the Sharks GM stopped short of saying Hertl suffered ligament damage and/or tears, but did say surgery was in the cards.

“There are a couple of different things we’re looking at,” Wilson said, per the San Jose Mercury News. “I think the MRI shows something, and probably going in at some point will probably reveal the rest.”

San Jose’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hertl is tops among first-year players in goals (15) and points (25). He was averaging 15:19 TOI per game prior to getting hurt and had a plus-11 rating.

With Hertl out, Joe Pavelski filled the gap on the Joe ThorntonBrent Burns line in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Dallas.

  1. sjsblitz - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    There goes Calder

  2. joey4id - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Hope he heals quickly. Hardly the first time the kid gets caught with his head between his legs.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I don’t remember him looking down on this play. I do, however remember Dustin Brown doing intentional head shots on two straight games late in the season against the Wild and Stars, then trying and fortunately missing Schwartz’s head and knee during the playoffs a couple weeks later. 3 attempted take outs in a couple weeks strains credulity.

      • joey4id - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Yeah! I know! DB is cheap short artist. You don’t cut across the blue line without expecting a collision. Kid has to learn to keep his head up.

        Hertl with head down

        Kneeing: the player was led with his knee and extend his knee to make knee to knee contact

  3. shutyourfivehole - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Dustin Brown is a P.O.S.

  4. sjsharks66 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I wonder how Dustin Browns knee is healing up? You know, because it was accidental. Yet he is never injured on these “accidental” knees he somehow gets involved with more than any other player in the league.

    Just so happens he “accidentally” kneed the rookie of the year and a big contributor to the Sharks first line.

    Well hell, that is just my “Snarks” bias kicking in. Not just a handful of coincidences that happened. Right?

    • sjsblitz - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      Normally a player that “accidentally” clips another player tries to reach out in some way to apologize for the accident. Did Brown? Even that puke of a player Lapierre reach out when he drove Boyle into the boards. Lack of respect, just like LA’s fanbase *Sharks bias*

    • mcflower29 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      get a better tv, your pixelated views are making your conclusions skewed. i live in the east and even i’m willing to watch games/replays at a higher resolution.

  5. sjsharks66 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Joey, go preach somewhere else. No one wants to hear you defend that POS. Is it not weird that not only Sharks fans hate DB , rather many fans from other teams hate him as well. He is an overpaid 4th line goon. He is a disgrace to captains in the league.

    Hopefully someone “accidentally” cuts into Brown with their knee. Hope he has his “head down” also. He has had too many “accidents” to continue playing the way he does. He is going to end someones career soon.

    • rocoop - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Do you ever stop crying??? You make yourself such an easy target…Your like Dustin Brown’s little brother that just won’t go away…

  6. sjsharks66 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Oh no man you are correct. If this was Torres, Rinaldo or Kaleta I would be in the right for complaining.

    • rocoop - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Illegal hits and illegal play draw suspensions..Correct? Was Brown suspended?

    • mcflower29 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      pens = 3 stanley cups
      sharks = a piece of sh1t

      • hockychik2112 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        and this has to do with the Pens HOW again…..?

  7. sjsharks66 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Except like I stated in previous articles Brown somehow avoids suspensions so he does not technically have a “history” like he deserves. :) sorry, im just a big ol’ Snarks crybaby.

    • rocoop - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      “Somehow avoids”…???? Hmm…Game must be fixed…You should go tell someone..Put a stop to all this nonsense

    • mcflower29 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      at your rate, anybody that blows in your face (no pun intended bay-area boy) is suspension-worthy.

  8. mcflower29 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    if i was sjsharks66, i’d say something like “i hope hertl gets a career ending injury and spends the rest of his life flaming on PHT like sjsharks66”

    boo hoo biches!
    how many stanley cups did you win?

  9. polishblue - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    For anyone wondering, as someone whose suffered some knee injuries in the past, this could turn into a season ending injury.

    The reason why he’s going under the knife is to check for torn ligaments such as ACL, MCL, LCL and in a best case scenario, meniscus.

    Because his knee is too swollen right now to get a clear MRI result, they have to go in to see exactly what sort of damage there is.



  10. hockychik2112 - Dec 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I find it interesting that people are throwing Sharks fans under the bus when all everyone is really saying is why aren’t the actions of D. Brown looked at and how’s he avoiding supplemental action, considering the # of injuries he’s been the cause of, and he does skate away from them unscathed. It’s a valid question.

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