Even though the San Jose Sharks are not a part of the NHL’s return to play, they got some good news.
All-Star forward Tomas Hertl is back on the ice after tearing his ACL and MCL against the Vancouver Canucks in late January.
The 26-year-old had 16 goals, and 20 assists before his injury, and was named to the NHL All-Star game. Hertl has spent his entire career with the Sharks, putting up 280 points in 453 games over seven seasons.
San Jose controlled 53.3% of the play with Hertl on the ice, per hockey-reference. According to Natual Stat Trick, the Sharks generated 56.76 percent of the expected goals when Hertl was taking a shift.
We still don’t know when the 2020-21 season will begin, but Hertl previously told NBC Sports Bay Area, that he anticipates that he will be ready.
“I want to be there for my team, and that’s why I have been working every day for four months even with the season so far away. My next goal is getting back and being better than before. I know I can do it. I have to give it everything I can to get back.”
Hertl is one of the most-skilled forwards on San Jose’s roster, and if he is healthy in time for the beginning of next season, it will be a big help to the Sharks’ offense.
What are your expectations for Hertl in 2020-21?