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Report: After 45-game absence, Hertl to return for Sharks tonight

Apr 11, 2014, 1:49 PM EST

Tomas Hertl Reuters

The San Jose Sharks will welcome back rookie forward Tomas Hertl on Friday when they take on the Avs at the SAP Center.

The Sharks have not confirmed the 20-year-old will be back in the lineup, but CSN Bay Area sources confirm that will be the case, given two doctors — Dr. Mark Saffron at Stanford, and Dr. Anthony Miniaci, based out of Cleveland, OH — medically cleared Hertl for return.

Hertl, who was hurt on Dec. 19 following a collision with Kings captain Dustin Brown, has missed the last 45 games after undergoing surgery to repair the PCL and MCL ligaments in his right knee. Prior to getting hurt, Hertl was in the midst of a stellar rookie campaign in which he won October’s rookie of the month while scoring 15 goals and 25 points in his first 35 NHL contests.

Hertl was San Jose’s first-round pick (17th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. No word yet as to which line he’ll skate on tonight versus Colorado.

 

  1. btlpper68 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    *little girl screech* eeeeeeeeep

  2. nogoodtomedead - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Big boost for the Sharks. Depth is much better when Pavelski can center the 3rd line. Whether Hertl will be able to trust the knee enough to not be hindered is another issue. Trying to get back into game shape while forgetting about a big injury while playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time is going to be a big task. Hope he makes an impact so Dustin Brown has a front row seat.

  3. sjsblitz - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Fun must be always :)

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    So excited for him to return!

  5. sjsharks86 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    This is dream :)))))

  6. aldog83 - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Going to make a “Bad Blood” playoff series with Kings even more hatefull!

    So Cal vs No Cal!!!

    GKG!!!

  7. joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Sarcasm alert. Looking forward to seeing Hertl settle the score with Brown. Should be a fun series.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Sarcasm alert? You should start every comment of yours with “idiot alert”

      • joey4id - Apr 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        Why do you need to be alerted? Don’t you know you’re an idiot?

  8. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Adds to fantasy team* this kid is something special

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