Tomas Hertl will likely miss the Sharks’ prospect scrimmage on Wednesday with a knee injury, general manager Doug Wilson revealed on Tuesday.
Wilson termed the injury as a “little tweak” due to Hertl not having skated in awhile. It wasn’t immediately clear which knee Hertl hurt, but the rookie sensation missed half of the 2013-14 season with torn ligaments in his right knee.
Tickets to the scrimmage are $5, with proceeds going to the Sharks Foundation. Among the expected participants are Matt Nieto, 2013 first round pick Mirco Mueller, and 2014 first rounder Nikolay Goldobin.
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Wilson took part in a conference call on Tuesday to discuss the contract extensions of Tommy Wingels and James Sheppard, but was also asked about Jason Demers, who is the only restricted free agent that has yet to agree to an extension. Demers filed for salary arbitration last week.
“We’ve had ongoing discussions. He’s filed for arbitration, which is fine. We will get him under contract. Now, it’s just trying to find middle ground that works for him and for us as far as dollars and term,” Wilson said.
“He’s another guy that had a good season. Probably wasn’t overly pleased with his playoffs, as a group of players weren’t. But, we’ll learn from it. Right now, we’re just trying to take care of the business side of it, which will be resolved one way or another prior to training camp.”
Should the Sharks and Demers not agree on a contract in the coming weeks, a hearing in Toronto would be scheduled for some time between July 20 and August 4.
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Wilson doesn’t like to hype up his prospects, but one player he must be particularly focused on is Mueller.
Does the lanky 19-year old have a legitimate shot of making the opening night roster?
“The answer is yes,” Wilson said. “We’re committing to young players, and the players that are ready to play, will play. Mirco is already up to 206, 207 pounds. We have high expectations for him.
“We’re not going to give them spots unless they’re ready for it, but there’s a group of them that there’s no doubt that they’ll come into camp ready to show us that they are ready. If they are, they will play.”
Wilson also gave his early impressions of Goldobin.
“Nikolay is a tremendously smart player. You can even see that just the way he carries himself,” he said.