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05-30-2013, 02:17 PM
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So is it guaranteed he comes over, or could he still spend one more year in Europe? If he does, does it take a year off his contract or does the contract slide?

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He has to come over to NA, at this point.

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So Hertl shoots left but plays RW?
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05-30-2013, 03:08 PM
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If its a European thing, that might make sense. Maybe on the big ice, they have more time/room to stop up and move it to the forehand.

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05-30-2013, 03:37 PM
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Torres shoots left and plays exclusively right wing.

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05-30-2013, 03:40 PM
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If its a European thing, that might make sense. Maybe on the big ice, they have more time/room to stop up and move it to the forehand.

St. Louis and Kane have also done it, so who knows.

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05-30-2013, 03:51 PM
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Its really not that far-fetched. Plenty of guys play on their off-wing. They can cut to the inside for better shooting angles and can hit one-timers easier.

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05-30-2013, 04:32 PM
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I don't know what's so strange about shooting left and playing on the right wing... Jágr?

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Hertl's home team (Slavia Prague) had been playing on an NHL sized rink (200 feet long, 85 feet wide) prior to the 2012/13 season, this year they changed it to 190x92.


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05-30-2013, 04:54 PM
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I don't know what's so strange about shooting left and playing on the right wing... Jágr.




Hertl's home team (Slavia Prague) had been playing on an NHL sized rink (200 feet long, feet wide) prior to the 2012/13 season, this year they changed it to 190x92.
Ya, it's not exactly uncommon for guys to play on their 'off' wing.

I don't think the size of the ice rink is going to be an issue for Hertl, I'm a bit more concerned about how he adjusts to the speed and physicality of the NHL as it's different from the Czech league.

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05-30-2013, 04:59 PM
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Ya, it's not exactly uncommon for guys to play on their 'off' wing.

I don't think the size of the ice rink is going to be an issue for Hertl, I'm a bit more concerned about how he adjusts to the speed and physicality of the NHL as it's different from the Czech league.
I wouldn't worry about the physicality, it's the speed that's my chief concern.

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Did we ever figure out if there's a picture of him in a Sharks jersey? (As a little kid)

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05-30-2013, 05:47 PM
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I am going to draft him in a fantasy hockey league just to name my team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertls.

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05-30-2013, 06:17 PM
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So how likely is it he will play in the NHL? Excited to see this kid play. Hear nothing but good things.

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05-30-2013, 06:45 PM
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So how likely is it he will play in the NHL? Excited to see this kid play. Hear nothing but good things.
50/50 probably. If I had to guess I'd say because of our limited forward depth it's fairly likely.

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05-30-2013, 07:11 PM
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50/50 probably. If I had to guess I'd say because of our limited forward depth it's fairly likely.
As generic or non-committal 50/50 is, that's what I'd say as well. It should be about 25/75 (NHL/AHL) but our forward depth with the cap crunch bumps the % up a bit. I just hope that doesn't play too much of a factor that ends up rushing him. Hopefully, he either doesn't make it or has a stellar camp that reeks of readiness (ala vlasic). It'll be suspect for anything in the middle with him making it.

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I'm very excited and hope he plays in the NHL at least sometime this coming season. Gonna be cool to see him develop.


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He'll be traded for bottom six depth.

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http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article...spects-awards/

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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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05-30-2013, 10:04 PM
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As generic or non-committal 50/50 is, that's what I'd say as well. It should be about 25/75 (NHL/AHL) but our forward depth with the cap crunch bumps the % up a bit. I just hope that doesn't play too much of a factor that ends up rushing him. Hopefully, he either doesn't make it or has a stellar camp that reeks of readiness (ala vlasic). It'll be suspect for anything in the middle with him making it.
Ideally, if he's as good as everyone says, he plays 30 or 40 games in the AHL as a dominant 1 center then gets called up when there's an injury or a slumping top 6 player in the NHL. If he plays well they adjust the NHL roster to accommodate him. If he comes up they'll put him with talented line mates though so he can succeed.

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05-30-2013, 10:06 PM
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Above average skating? That's the first time I've seen that... I thought his skating was called out as one of his only weaknesses..? Not that he was cheechoo bad just that he could improve on it... Has he already done that?

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Above average skating? That's the first time I've seen that... I thought his skating was called out as one of his only weaknesses..? Not that he was cheechoo bad just that he could improve on it... Has he already done that?
Maybe he has improved. This actually isn't the first time or place I've heard recently of his skating being MUCH better than it was. So perhaps there is some truth to it.

I'll see if I can find any of the other reports I read that mentioned it.

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I would say his skating has quite improved. He's not fast but he actually moves a bit like Gomez without the puck through the neutral zone.

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Definitely want Torres to play papa bear protector for Hertl.

Torres-Pavs-Hertl is not a bad line
This is my dream. Could be one of tge great 3rd lines in hockey.

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I would say his skating has quite improved. He's not fast but he actually moves a bit like Gomez without the puck through the neutral zone.
Gomez is legitimately fast though... if he's even a fraction of that at his size that is encouraging.

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