Report: Tomas Hertl medically cleared to return to Sharks lineup

Tomas Hertl is reportedly ready to play after missing the last 45 games. (USATSI)
Tomas Hertl is reportedly ready to play after missing the last 45 games. (USATSI)

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Tomas Hertl, electrifying rookie forward for the San Jose Sharks, has been medically cleared to play by doctors according to Kevin Kurz of Hertl has been out of the Sharks lineup since Dec. 19 with a knee injury. According to Kurz, the 20-year-old Czech winger will be suiting up Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche.

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Two independent doctors have cleared him -- Dr. Mark Saffron at Stanford, and Dr. Anthony Miniaci, based out of Cleveland, OH. Miniaci performed the surgery to repair the PCL and MCL ligaments in Hertl's right knee on Dec. 31.

Prior to the injury, Hertl had taken the league by storm with 15 goals and 25 points through his first 35 games with the club. He also scored one of the goals of the year against the New York Rangers, which made him an internet sensation.

San Jose will meet the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the playoffs which may be the source of some uneasiness for Hertl. He sustained his injury after being kneed by Kings captain Dustin Brown during that fateful game on Dec. 19.

Getting Hertl into the lineup and getting him some brief reps and getting him comfortable with game speed before his first NHL postseason will be great for the Sharks.

It’s anyone’s guess if he will be able to pick up right where he left off, but it sure is good to see the youngster getting back on the ice.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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