Hertl (knee) missed the bulk of the Stanley Cup Finals with a knee injury, but will not need offseason surgery, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Hertl's absence no doubt played a role in the Shark's inability to win their first ever Championship. With no surgery in his future, the winger should return to action for the 2016-17 season ready to resume his top end form that saw him tally 27 goals and 30 helpers including the playoffs. Fantasy owners could certainly do a lot worse than the 22-year-old.
Hertl (lower body) will not play in Sunday's Game 6 against the Penguins, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Head coach Peter DeBoer did indicate that he's "making progress, getting better every day," however, potentially suggesting he could be available for Game 7. Melker Karlsson will likely continue in his top-six role subbing in for Hertl in Game 6.
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Hertl (lower body) has not been ruled out for Game 5 on Thursday against the Penguins, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
Coach Peter DeBoer told reporters that Hertl continues to improve and that he is not "ruling him out for any games". Even if the talented winger can return to the lineup, it may be too little, too late for the Sharks who need to climb out of a 3-1 series deficit. With 11 points in 20 postseason contests, the 22-year-old will certainly make an impact if he is healthy enough to return Thursday. If not, expect veteran Dainius Zubrus to continue logging minutes in relief.
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