The last time San Jose Sharks fans saw Tomas Hertl, he was on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee check from Dustin Brown. That hit took the youngster out of the running for the Calder Trophy and onto a tough rehab schedule. He’s not due back in the lineup any time soon for the Sharks, but it’s being reported that he could resume skating sometime this week.
As per Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com:
Injured Sharks forward Tomas Hertl is with the team in Philadelphia and may start skating this week, according to general manager Doug Wilson. No further timetable was given regarding the 20-year-old rookie, who has been out since Dec. 19 with a right knee injury suffered from a knee-on-knee hit by the Kings’ Dustin Brown. Hertl had the MCL and PCL ligaments repaired in the knee on Dec. 31.
Bouncing back from a knee injury can be a long and difficult process, but this is really the first update we’ve had on Hertl in a few months. It’s outstanding news for the Sharks that the youngster in on the road to recovery and could be back out on the ice soon.
In 35 games played for San Jose this season, Hertl had complied 15 goals and 10 assists while carrying a plus-11 rating, and their top-six hasn’t been quite the same without him.