Two years ago, little was known about Tomáš Hertl, then a 16-year-old center for the junior team of Slavia Prague. That season, he played mostly in the Czech U-20 Extraliga, posting better numbers than Radek Faksa, who was, however, drafted at a higher place at the 2012 NHL Draft. The same year, Hertl had his Czech Extraliga debut, not collecting any points, but at the age of sixteen, surely letting the hockey world notice his name.
A year after, in the 2011-12 hockey season, his career took an unexpected turn. From being a top player in the U-18 category and an above-average forward in U-20 category, to recording almost a point in every game, he became the top upcoming NHL Draft prospect from the Czech Extraliga, turning heads of not only North American scouts but a huge number of Czech hockey fans and journalists.… read more