Hertl scored two goals and recorded five shots during Friday's 6-5 overtime loss to Ottawa.
The 23-year-old forward is quietly in line for a career-best offensive showing with 12 goals and 12 assists through 39 games. He's hardly a reliable game-to-game option outside of deeper settings, but with a role on the No. 1 power-play unit, Hertl's fantasy arrow is pointing up. It wouldn't be shocking if he began to score a little more consistently over the coming weeks, either.
Hertl scored a power-play goal and added an assist on Kevin Labanc's overtime winner during Thursday's 5-4 triumph over the Canucks.
Hertl's quietly amassed four goals in the past six games. The 2012 first-rounder's unnecessary showboating during a four-goal performance in his third NHL game was the hockey equivalent of peaking in high school, as he hasn't done much of note with his career since.
Hertl compiled a shorthanded assist before potting an empty-net dagger in Saturday's 4-0 home win over the Jets.
Having fashioned three goals and five assists, Hertl's working at a point-per-game clip over his last eight games to complement a tidy plus-5 rating. He's not a household name in the fantasy arena, but there's still plenty to like about Hertl's top-six role and his garnering chances on special teams.
Hertl potted his third goal of the season and added two assists in Saturday's win over the Canucks.
Hertl hadn't scored in nine straight games before finally breaking out of the slump against Vancouver. He has the potential to explode on any given night, but his inconsistency causes headaches for his fantasy owners. With nine points in 15 contests, the second-line winger is a decent fantasy play in deeper formats, but his streakiness makes him a tough start in shallower leagues.
San Jose's 2012 first-round draft pick is having a tough time converting scoring chances, as evidenced by his career-low shooting percentage of 5.6 -- in fact, that rate would only be considered acceptable for a defenseman. There very well could be some poor puck luck factored into his lackluster shooting rate, but until Hertl starts connecting, it's going to be difficult to count on him in the fantasy realm. He's added just two goals and four helpers through 13 games, despite being cemented in the top-six group of forwards.