Sharks' Hertl tweaks knee at prospect camp

Jul 8, 10:41 PM

San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will not play in a prospect scrimmage Wednesday after suffering a "little tweak" in his knee, general manager Doug Wilson told Kevin Kurz of CSN

The 20-year-old is attending the team's development camp, and Wilson revealed the injury is a result of "soreness from not skating."

It's not yet known which knee is affected; this little detail is quite significant, since Hertl missed 45 games this past season with torn ligaments in his right leg after a knee-on-knee hit delivered by Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings.

At this point it's likely a precautionary measure, but the situation raises an important question:

Jul 10, 10:24 AM

Sharks' Hertl on sore knee 'It's not serious'

Jul 10, 10:24 AM

San Jose Sharks fans can breathe a sigh of relief regarding Tomas Hertl's tweaked knee.

"It's not serious," Hertl told The San Jose Mercury News of his right knee after he tweaked it during the Sharks' development camp on Tuesday. "And here first time, it's just a little bit sore."

Hertl, who missed significant time last year as a result of a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, worked diligently in the offseason to improve his strength.

"Stronger in whole body and stronger my knee," Hertl said.

The 20-year-old native of the Czech Republic looked like he was shot out of a cannon to start the 2013-14 campaign, notching 15 goals and 25 points in 37 games before having his Calder aspirations destroyed by the aforementioned knee injury.

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