February 20, 2024

Sharks’ Tomas Hertl out several weeks after knee surgery

San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl will miss several weeks after having his left knee cleaned to take away unfastened cartilage, the staff introduced Monday.

The Sharks stated in an announcement that an actual timeline for when Hertl may return has but to be decided. In the interim, the Sharks are anticipated to observe Hertl’s rehabilitation with the intent to offer an replace at a later time.

Hertl, who leads the Sharks with 15 targets and 34 factors, stated in an announcement that he’d been experiencing soreness in his left knee “on and off” all through the season. He stated he spoke with the Sharks’ medical employees, who instructed him that the damage wouldn’t get any worse and that he may proceed to play by means of it, which included enjoying on the NHL All-Star Game in Toronto.

Hertl has been out of the lineup because the Sharks’ 5-2 loss on Jan. 27 to the Buffalo Sabres. He missed two video games earlier than the All-Star break however did play within the All-Star Game on Feb. 3, when he logged greater than 12 minutes.

The Sharks, who had been on their bye week, return Thursday to play the Winnipeg Jets.

“After returning from Toronto and having additional conversations with my family and our team medical staff over the last week, I made the decision to have this procedure done now so that I can return to 100 percent as soon as possible,” Hertl stated. “I look forward to returning to the ice and getting back with my teammates as soon as I can.”

Hertl’s damage comes because the Sharks (14-32-5) have gained 4 of their final six video games, with their most up-to-date contest being an time beyond regulation loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 31.

The Sharks entered Monday two factors forward of the Chicago Blackhawks (14-35-3) for the worst document within the NHL and the strongest odds to win the NHL draft lottery. Boston University freshman heart Macklin Celebrini is projected to be the No. 1 decide within the upcoming draft at The Sphere in Las Vegas.