San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl, the leading rookie scorer in the NHL, will reportedly be out more than a month after knee surgery.
According to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News via Twitter:
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
Hertl was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Sharks announced Monday Hertl will need surgery on the injury.
Not only is that bad for the Sharks, but it could also mean Hertl won’t be available for the Czech Republic for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which open Feb. 7.
Hertl was considered the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year after scoring 15 goals and notching 25 points in 35 games this season, tops among NHL first-year players.
He’s been playing on San Jose’s top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns and is second on the club in goals to Patrick Marleau’s 16. He’s tied with Logan Couture for second among Sharks’ forwards with a plus-11 plus/minus, trailing only Burns’ plus-12.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene with a splash, scoring six goals in his first three NHL games, including a four-goal explosion against the New York Rangers on Oct. 8.
He was taken by the Sharks with the 17th overall pick in the 2012 Entry Draft and scored 18 goals in 43 games for Slavia Praha in the Czech Extraliga. He also had two goals and five points for the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships in January at Ufa, Russia, and played for the Czech Republic at the World Championships in May in Stockholm and Helsinki, but did not record a point.