Hertl tweaks knee in practice, won’t play in prospect scrimmage tonight
The 20-year-old is attending the team’s development camp, and Wilson revealed the injury is a result of “soreness from not skating.”
It’s not yet known which knee is affected; this little detail is quite significant, since Hertl missed 45 games this past season with torn ligaments in his right leg after a knee-on-knee hit delivered by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.
Sharks keeping this one real tight to the belt right now and I don’t blame them. Probably their worst off season in years or ever with the Kings collapse, letting Boyle go, and the blowback from the John Scott signing as well as the Ice Team debacle. They need Hertl healthy and ready to go next season, so not a big surprise he won’t play tonight even though they hyped this game with Hertl and Nieto as the poster boys.
Now although the Sharks were able to survive and make the playoffs with the next big thing, the idea of a healthy Hertl playing the majority of a season will be the key to the Sharks season next year. In 37 regular season games and 7 playoff games, Hertl combined for 17 goals, 13 assists and 6 total penalty minutes. There’s no reason given the opportunity and health that he can’t be a 30 or 40 goal scorer next year. Let’s hope it’s from lack of time on the ice or adjusting to the 25 lbs or so he put on in the off season is why he tweaked his knee.
So while it sucks that fans, including myself, won’t be able to see him play tonight, his health for next season is the only thing that matters. Need at least 5 of these next year: