Having burst on the scene in the lockout-shortened 2013-14 season by scoring 15 goals in 37 games (which translates to 33 goals at an 82-game pace), Tomas Hertl has failed to hit those same heights, tallying a disappointing 44 goals in 212 regular-season games over the past three campaigns. As the 17th overall pick in 2012, it's safe to assume that the Sharks were expecting more from Hertl than 17 goals every 82 games over his most recent three campaigns. With Patrick Marleau's departure, Hertl should assume more responsibility on special teams and receive more ice time overall, but it's a lot trickier to estimate an impact this will have on the young Czech's fantasy stock. Consider Hertl as a 20-goal, 20-assist type of player heading into 2017-18, and because he's capable of producing more, he could turn into a pleasant surprise on your roster.
Hertl (foot) skated on a line with Timo Meier and Melker Karlsson during Friday's training camp session, Curtis Pashelka of the Bay Area News Group reports. Hertl played with a broken foot at the end of last season, but the 23-year-old forward appears to be fully healthy ahead of the 2017-18 campaign. The 2012 first-round pick was limited to 49 games due to injury in 2016-17, but he was still able to notch a respectable 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) over that span. If he's able to stay healthy this season, he could surpass the 50-point mark for the first time in his career, making him a desirable streaming option in most fantasy formats.
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.
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