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Report: Sharks believe Hertl will return by beginning of playoffs

Apr 10, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 15: Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates after scoring the Shark's second goal against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on November 15, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Getty Images

Knee surgery cost San Jose Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl most of the regular season and an Olympic opportunity, but it sounds like he’ll be able to return by the team’s first postseason game. In fact, reports that the 20-year-old forward might even get to shake the rust off a bit with a weekend appearance.

Interestingly enough, if Hertl can indeed come back, he’d get a chance to spite the very player (Dustin Brown) who injured him, as the Sharks are set to host the Los Angeles Kings in what is expected to be a hotly contested first-round series.

Here’s video from that mid-December collision:

Hertl underwent successful knee surgery in late December while the Sharks believed that Brown didn’t answer the bell for his transgression in January.

Beyond the drama of it all, Hertl could give a strong Sharks team another offensive weapon. He fit in very well on Joe Thornton‘s line through the first 35 games of his NHL career this season, scoring 15 goals and 25 points. Of course, most remember him for this tally in an early season romp against the New York Rangers:

Yes, it’s easy to see why the Sharks would be excited to get the promising young forward back.

  1. muckleflugga - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    sharkie …?

  2. titansrbeast - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Oh wow, that’s AWESOME. That should be a huge difference maker.

  3. btlpper68 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Stubborn Todd can finally put pavs at 3c now

    • skr213 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      You want to put our leading scorer (in both goals and points) down on the third line? And you have the nerve to insult McLellan?? With that kind of hockey IQ I wouldn’t want you coaching my son’s peewee league team.

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Great news, hopefully Torres is able to make it back for game 1 also!

  5. strictlythedanks - Apr 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    So in other words, there are not many hurdles between now and the return of Hertl?

    • titansrbeast - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      O I get haha funny that.

  6. sjsharks86 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    James, you forgot to mention it probably cost him the Calder as well.

    • btlpper68 - Apr 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      No mackinnon would’ve still won it, I’m a sharks fan to stop looking through the teal colored glasses

      • thailer35 - Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        No way, this kid would have done circles around MacKinnon. And these glasses are Sedona red, so I have no dog in this fight.

        Honestly, hockey could have used more of this kid this year. The NHL hadn’t gotten as much coverage as they did when he scored those four goals against New York since the cup finals. We need more of that.

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I don’t think he would have ran away with it if Hertl was still healthy. He may have not even won it. We will never know!

  8. bencia823 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    curious to see how much the injury effects his speed. he was flying around the ice before it, but may lose a step now

    • skr213 - Apr 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I actually think it might do him good to slow it down a little in general. He was fast, but skated a little too wild at times.

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