Report: Hertl won’t rejoin Sharks until mid-to-late February

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Tomas Hertl‘s troublesome right knee continues to give him, well, more trouble.

From CSN Bay Area:

According to a source, Hertl will likely be out until mid-to-late February, as he recovers and rehabs from his latest right knee surgery.

Hertl has been skating lightly under the watch of the team’s medical staff since Dec. 27, but there is no timeframe for him to return to practice.

It’s a noteworthy development given that, back in late November, Sharks GM Doug Wilson said Hertl has been diagnosed with a right knee sprain and would undergo a “minor procedure” to correct it. It was later reported Hertl was expected to be out “weeks,” and, so far, he’s been out of the lineup 45 days — closing in on seven weeks on the shelf.

The former first-round pick had a quality effort during last year’s Stanley Cup run, scoring six goals and 11 points through 20 games. He was one of San Jose’s best players early in the series against Pittsburgh, but was knocked out of action in Game 2 with a knee problem.

As mentioned above, the knee has been a recurring issue. Hertl’s rookie year was cut short after tearing his right PCL and MCL on a hit from Dustin Brown.

That said, he’s shown an ability to rebound. Despite being limited this year, he still managed to rack up nine points in his first 17 games.

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