The San Jose Sharks have looked rather machine-like in how they’ve beaten teams to start the season and it’s a rookie that’s helping them do it.
2012 first-round pick, 19-year-old Tomas Hertl is showing the team he’s ready to be a factor now. In Saturday night’s win over Phoenix he scored his first two career goals. Through the Sharks first two games he has three points and is quickly earning the respect of his veteran teammates.
“It’s a big night for him, an exciting night, and one that he’ll remember for a long time. And, one that we’ll all remember as well,” he said. “We were part of his first goal, and second win. More importantly, the group played really, really well.”
Rookies getting off to a big start are always good for attention grabbing early in the season, but Hertl’s play so far has some thinking he’ll be a factor all year long.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.
Milan Lucic may or may not spend a big chunk of his career with the Los Angeles Kings, but the Boston Bruins haven’t forgotten his contributions.
(Their fans haven’t, either.)
The Bruins shared a tribute video for Lucic, decked out in a loud, retro-style Kings sweater on Tuesday. The hulking winger seemed to appreciate the nod from his former team, and also acknowledged fans who watched him develop into one of the league’s most formidable power forwards.