Tomas Hertl





Tomas Hertl, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 187

Born: 1993-11-12

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Drafted: 17th overall by San Jose in 2012







September 2015 – Hertl has come into camp ready to prove that last season's sophomore slump is well behind him. He was fantastic in his first pre season game against Vancouver as he scored a goal and added an assist in the win. Most notable in his game was his willingness to get into the dirty areas as he was often found mucking it up in front of the net and digging pucks out of the corners. This is a great sign for a San Jose squad that needs Hertl to take a leap forward and return to their offensive top six. – Cam Robinson


August 2015 – The hype surrounding Hertl heading into the 2014-’15 season was palpable, however the young Czech forward struggled to maintain the level of play that garnered him so much fanfare in 2013-’14. Hertl appeared to lack the explosive speed and strength from the previous season after suffering a season-ending knee injury. However on a positive note, he did manage to play in all 82 games for the Sharks, spending time on each of the four lines. He was given a chance to centre the fourth line but with mixed results. New coach Peter DeBoer will have a decision to make with the 21 year old; does he line up with the ‘Joes” where he found such early success? Does he find a home next to Logan Couture, or will he continue his predecessor’s experiment and keep him as a centre on the bottom two lines? Hertl will most likely see time in all those situations if he doesn’t find traction early on. Fantasy owners will hope to see that dynamic skill set return to his game to justify their ownership in him. He remains a very intriguing fantasy asset and with 100+ NHL games under his belt, he could be due for a nice uptick in production. Cameron Robinson


February 2015 – Hertl has had a disappointing sophomore campaign, even when not measured against overly high expectations. He has played on a line with stars Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski (see here for his line combos), and yet has managed just 11 even-strength points. Chalk it up to a sophomore slump, as he has tremendous potential. He just won't reach it as quickly as we thought. – Dobber


June 2014 – Hertl had a great start to the year and was electrifying in action.  Then the knee to knee hit from Dustin Brown knocked him out of the lineup for a few months. He returned just in time for the playoffs but in his first few games he was timid and spent extra time working to regain his speed and confidence.  He had a strong playoff nearing in on point-per-game production (five points in seven games) but the Sharks collapse a 3-0 series lead to the Los Angeles Kings.  Expect him to be one of the top scoring wingers on the Sharks next season.  He may have shown his skill early on, but a full season of playing healthy could make him a household name.  Tim Graveline


October 2013 – Hertl really came out of the gates strong and has done quite well amassing goals playing alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.  This is very much helping him build his case for the Calder trophy.  His four goal night was pretty impressive, but he will not and cannot keep up that kind of pace.