Hertl was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with Kings captain Dustin Brown last week, one that left Hertl in a world of hurt. It wasn't immediately clear how long he was going to be out but it's going to be more than a month now. That's because on Monday the Sharks announced that Hertl will be undergoing surgery on his knee.
There is still no timetable for a return for Hertl, the Sharks will know more after the surgery takes place. But it's not looking good for a return anytime soon, which in turn doesn't look good for his chances to represent the Czech Republic in the Olympic Games either.
At this point, Hertl is the leading candidate to win the Calder Trophy, he has been spectacular playing on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. The 20-year-old has scored 15 goals and put up 10 assists in 35 games this season. That kind of offense disappearing from the top line will be tough to replace, even for a team with the kind of depth the Sharks have.