SAN JOSE – As expected, Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl is going under the knife to determine the extent of a right knee injury suffered last Thursday in Los Angeles.
Although the actual date of the surgery next week has yet to be scheduled, the Sharks said in a statement that Hertl “will be out longer than one month.” On Saturday, general manager Doug Wilson said Hertl would be out at least one month, but indicated it could be much longer.
The statement continued: “A more exact date of return will likely be known after surgery, once they are able to assess the severity of the injury.”
Hertl, the Sharks’ 2012 first round draft pick, is the NHL’s leading rookie scorer with 25 points (15g, 10a). The 20-year-old was hurt in the first period of a 4-1 loss to the Kings, when he collided with Dustin Brown, who was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct – but no further league discipline – for the play.