Hertl tops improved group of San Jose Sharks prospects
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09-08-2012, 01:22 AM
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Hertl was a great, underrated selection by San Jose this year. His play at the WJC was very good for a '94 and he reminded me a lot of Datsyuk with his hands and two-way ability. Sure, he needs to work on his skating, but outside of that he's likely one of the most NHL ready prospects chosen in the draft. I'd think a year in the AHL would have been good for him this year to get him adapted to the North American game and to improve his skating under Sharks management, but he'll be well served playing in the Czech league against men for another season.
Does anyone here actually think that Abeltshauser will actually be sent back to the Q for his overage season? Kid's got nothing left to prove at that level and from what I've seen is more than ready for the AHL. If the Sharks (AHL) feel they don't have room for him this year it could be better for his development to be sent to Germany to play in the DEL, rather than stagnating in junior hockey.
I agree with you about Hertl and his skating can improve on the big European ice surface. His skating isn't that bad on the smaller ice in N.A which you could see at the WJC this past January.
Abeltshauser is already at the Mooseheads QJMHL training camp and played one pre-season game. He was a plus one with four shot but no points. The big defenseman already played close to 30 minutes per game last season so I agree it might have been better to send in over to Europe to play against men. I believe he still has a chance to make the AHL Worcester Sharks out of the NHL training camp if he outperforms some of the other defensemen for a spot in the AHL line-up. The Sharks just want to be sure he continues to get a lot of ice time and it is unlikely they will want him sitting as the 7th or 8th d-man instead of the number one in Halifax at the junior level. If he stays in the Q then he will be expected to dominate and be one of the offensive leaders for defenseman in the league again this year.
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