Tomas Hertl has parlayed a solid campaign into a nice payday — on Wednesday, the Sharks inked him to a two-year, $6 million extension.
The deal, first reported by TSN, carries a $3M average annual cap hit. It comes at the conclusion of Hertl’s entry-level deal, so it’s bridge contract, but does represent a nice raise for the former 17th overall pick.
Hertl had a very strong ’15-16 campaign in San Jose, finding good chemistry on the club’s top line next to Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Fittingly, he finished with career highs in goals (21) and points (46), and was a terrific performer in the playoffs.
Prior to getting knocked out of the Stanley Cup Final with a knee injury, Hertl had six goals and 11 points in 20 games, and was largely viewed as San Jose’s best forward in the opening two games against Pittsburgh.