On the Tomas Hertl injury front, things went from bad to worse today as the San Jose Sharks announced that Hertl would be forced to undergo knee surgery for the injury sustained in Thursday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings. Hertl fell victim to a knee-on-knee collision with Kings forward Dustin Brown. Brown was assessed a game misconduct and 5 minute major penalty for the play. The league will not assess Brown any supplemental discipline for the hit.
Originally, Hertl’s timetable to return was to be around a month. However, now that he will be forced to have knee surgery, one month of watching from the press box seems to be a pretty optimistic estimation. Doug Wilson said that there is no exact timetable for his return until after the surgery has been completed.
This injury obviously puts Hertl’s Czech Olympic team hopes in jeopardy as the olympic break begins on February 7th. So far this season, Hertl has been one of the favorites to win the Calder Trophy and has been leading all rookies and the San Jose Sharks in goals, with 15. This injury will not help Hertl’s bid for the Calder Trophy, whatsoever.