Sharks rookie Hertl expected to return for playoffs

Sharks rookie Hertl expected to return for playoffs
April 10, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Tomas Hertl tallied 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists) in 35 games this year. (USATSI)

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SAN JOSE -- Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl could return to the Sharks’ lineup soon.

Very soon.

The 20-year-old forward is expected to be ready in time for the Sharks’ first playoff game next week against the Los Angeles Kings, according to a source, and pending medical approval.

Hertl, who has been skating with the team since Feb. 26, may even try to play in one of the Sharks’ final two regular season games, should he be cleared in time. The Sharks host Colorado on Friday and visit Phoenix on Saturday to conclude the 82-game slate.

In 35 games, Hertl has 15 goals and 10 assists for 25 points. He has been out since Dec. 19, when a knee-on-knee hit from the Kings’ Dustin Brown tore ligaments in his right knee. Hertl underwent surgery to repair the PCL and MCL in the knee on Dec. 31.