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Hertl tweaks knee at Sharks’ prospect camp

Jul 8, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

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San Jose forward Tomas Hertl suffered what the club’s calling a “minor” knee injury on Tuesday at prospect development camp, and may be held out of Wednesday night’s game, per the Mercury News.

Downplayed by Sharks GM Doug Wilson — “minor tweak, just soreness from not skating,” is how he described it — any issues involving Hertl’s knee are newsworthy, given his rookie campaign was cut in half after going knee-on-knee with Kings captain Dustin Brown in late December.

The collision forced Hertl, 20, to undergo surgery and miss 45 games as a result. The incident derailed what looked to be a Calder-worthy campaign — prior to getting hurt, the Czech sniper had 15 goals and 10 assists in his first 35 games; upon returning, he had two goals and five points in seven games during San Jose’s opening round playoff collapse to the Kings.

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