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.
Hertl is in the lineup for Thursday's matchup with the Oilers, per coach Peter DeBoer.
If there were still any doubt that Hertl wouldn't suit up after a 31-game absence, doubt no more. The 23-year-old is projected to center the Sharks' third line with Kevin Labanc and Joel Ward on his wings.
Hertl (knee) is on track to return Thursday night for a home game against the Oilers, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
According to the NHL's official media site, Hertl has been activated from long-term injured reserve, which is the clear indication that he's ready to rock after missing the past 31 contests. Team Teal managed to win 21 games without the versatile scoring forward, so it'll be interesting to see what coach Peter DeBoer has in mind in terms of Hertl's line assignment. In 17 games prior to the injury this season, he added nine points (four goals, five assists) along with a neutral plus-minus rating and a pair of power-play points. He makes for an intriguing pickup off the waiver wire in deeper formats, so check that list to see if he's there.
Hertl (knee) has been ruled out for San Jose's games against the Avalanche on Monday and the Jets on Tuesday, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer made the announcement following Monday's morning skate. Hertl didn't take part in line rushes during the skate, and a further update on his status is unlikely to come until at least Wednesday.
Hertl has been cleared for contact drills and that should be viewed as a major step as he rounds out his recovery. "I think it's almost day-to-day now," the winger said. "... I think I'm pretty close but we'll see how it goes the next couple days. I believe it'll be playing soon now." The 23-year-old has already missed 29 games, so there could be a large number of fantasy poolies unaware that he's on the verge of a return -- consider taking advantage by scooping him off the wire, if available. He's a skilled scoring winger who had been working at slightly better than a half-point-per-game pace (0.53) before sustaining this significant ailment.