The San Jose Sharks had a good thing going for them with rookie sensation Tomas Hertl, but the good times have been put on hold. According to San Jose Mercury Sun beat writer David Pollak, the Sharks can expect to be without their star winger for at least a month if not longer as he’s required to have knee surgery next week.
Word from #SJSharks is that Tomas Hertl will undergo surgery next week and that means he’s out longer than a month.
— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 23, 2013
Losing Hertl is a big blow not only to the Sharks and their talent level on the ice, but the excitement about the rookie winger will have to be shelved for the time being. As Phil Watson from Golden Gate Sports points out, this is bad news not only for the Sharks and their fans, but for the Czech Republic and their Olympic hockey team as surgery and recovery will likely keep Hertl from competing in Sochi.
But the focus for the Sharks and Hertl is to get healthy for the second half of the NHL season and a postseason push for San Jose. The Sharks made a deep run last year and having Hertl as a scoring threat on the ice means the Sharks are that much closer to competing seriously for a Stanley Cup this season.