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Sharks sign Tomas Hertl to entry-level contract
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05-30-2013, 10:37 PM
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Grd Rapids, Michigan
Prospect of the Year: Tomas Hertl, C, Slavia Praha HC (ELH)
It does not matter what league or tournament Tomas Hertl played in during the 2012-13 season, it seemed like every time he laced up his skates he put on a show. Not since Logan Couture has San Jose had such a high potential offensive powerhouse in their prospect pool.
Not only did Hertl lead his club team, Slavia Praha HC, in scoring (only Dan O’Regan did this among other Sharks prospects) but he did it as the team’s youngest player. He was clearly the best player for the Czech Republic at this winter's World Juniors, where he and Sean Kuraly were the only Sharks in attendance. It would not be until he was on a good World Championship squad in May, playing relegated minutes, that Hertl finally looked something other than superman.
Gifted with a terrific shot, excellent puck-moving skills, and above average skating, Hertl holds legitimate NHL potential and looks to be well on his way to becoming a front line player for years to come. Realistically, even after such a great season, Hertl is still at least a year away from being NHL ready, although the Sharks could potentially bring him to the fold earlier. There is no doubt though, Hertl is the best prospect that the sharks have.
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