It appears the San Jose Sharks season has gone from bad to worse. It is being reported that top-end forward Tomas Hertl will miss the remainder of the NHL season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.
Kevin Kurz of The Athletic broke the news on Thursday afternoon. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
Hertl exited early in Wednesday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks with an injury and did not return. He was evaluated later and the news was not good. He appeared to injure himself after taking a backhand shot on Jacob Markstrom, then appeared to have his lower body pinned against the boards by Vancouver defencemen Chris Tanev and Quinn Hughes.
Hertl will finish the season with 16 goals and 36 points in 48 games.
San Jose’s Season a Write-Off
Hertl was one of the few dynamic forwards left for the Sharks and after an MVP-like performance at the All-Star game, this is terrible news for the organization who have to see this as the writing on the wall for their playoff hopes.
Already unlikely to make the post-season, Joe Thornton had said he was waiting on deciding his future this season as a possible trade rental because he believed the Sharks could still pull together and make something happen. His attitude has to have changed after hearing the news.
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