Hertl was dealing with a broken foot at the end of the season, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Despite the injury, Hertl played over two minutes of extra ice time per game in the playoffs above his 17:13 average during the regular season. The 2016-17 campaign will likely be looked upon with disappointment from the 23-year-old, as he was only able to suit up in 49 contests, which resulted in a significant drop in production -- just 22 points compared to 46 in 2015-16. The team did not indicate that this ailment would affect the winger's status for next year, so look for him to be back to 100 percent for training camp.
Hertl was a healthy scratch for Saturday's game against the Flames, Mark Spector of Sportsnet reports.
Hertl was among several regulars resting for the season finale, as the Sharks apparently are conceding the second spot in the Western Conference to the Oilers. The Sharks are trying to get as healthy as possible for the playoffs, not taking any chances with their core.
Hertl lit the lamp twice in a 3-1 win over the Canucks on Sunday.
The tallies snapped a lengthy 16-game goal drought for the Czech native, who now has 10 goals in 47 games this season. Granted, it was tough for Hertl to gain any momentum after missing 32 games with an injury, but it's still disappointing nonetheless for owners hoping for a repeat of his 21-goal campaign from 2015-16.
Hertl scored a third-period goal to seal Tuesday's win over Toronto.
Make it two games in a row that Hertl has marked the goals column, and he now has a respectable four tallies, eight points and 32 shots through his past 12 games. While his recent third-line role does cap his fantasy upside, it clearly hasn't been a huge offensive hindrance. Hertl is still best left to deeper seasonal leagues, though.
Hertl notched two assists and a plus-1 rating in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Boston.
He also easily led all Sharks forwards in ice time with 18:42, which is actually lower than Hertl's usage from the prior two games (19:33 and 20:31). Indeed, the young Czech has seen his role increase dramatically lately even though this was only his sixth game back from a lengthy IR stint due to a knee injury. Thanks mostly to the injury, his season line doesn't look too good, so there's a chance you can scoop Hertl up below market value in some leagues.