San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl suffered a minor knee injury during development camp and will likely miss the teams prospect scrimmage on Wednesday.
General manager Doug Wilson described the injury as a “tweak” due to not being on the ice in quite some time. Hertl himself has stated that the injury is nothing serious. “It’s not serious. My last time skating was the World Championships. And here first time, it’s just a little bit sore,” he said.
Skipping the scrimmage tonight is just a precaution and he feels a nights rest will get him back in the game in no time.
The soreness is in the same knee that was injured by Dustin Brown last December which cut his rookie season short. He was able to return at the very end of the season for two regular season games as well as seven postseason games.
Hertl recorded 15 goals and 10 assists over the course of 37 regular season games. He also managed two goals and three assists during the Western Conference First Round.
Hertl played with the Czech Republic during the World Championships in May where he scored three goals alongside NHL veteran Jaromir Jagr.
Since then, he has been in Prague working with a conditioning coach in the hopes to return next season even stronger. “Stronger in whole body and stronger my knee,” he said, “because there are still many chances scoring.” Hertl knows he wasn’t as good as he could have been at the end of the season after returning from his injury. The offseason is an excellent opportunity to fine tune his skills and get his knee to 100%.