SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48) to a two-year contract.
"We're excited to keep Tomas in the fold and are appreciative of all of his work to help get this deal done," said Wilson. "He is an extremely important piece of our team, which was magnified with his absence during much of the Stanley Cup Final. He has shown steady improvement each season and deserves a lot of credit for his commitment into what we are building here. We're looking forward to having him back to start the 2016-17 season."
Hertl, 22, posted career-highs in nearly every major statistical category last season, recording 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists), 26 penalty minutes, 202 shots on goal and a plus-16 plus/minus rating (all career highs) in 81 games with the Sharks. He finished the 2015-16 regular season ranked T-4th on the team in goals, 5th in points and 3rd in plus/minus, while leading the team in faceoff winning percentage (56.0%). In 20 playoff games, Hertl posted 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) and a plus-8 rating, and finished ranked T-5th on the team in goals despite missing the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final due to injury.
In 200 career NHL games with San Jose, Hertl has amassed 102 points (49 goals, 53 assists) and a plus-22 rating. He has represented his home country of the Czech Republic in numerous international tournaments, including: the World Championships (2015, 2014, 2013), the World Jr. Championships (2013, 2012) and the U-18 World Jr. Championships (2011). In addition, he has been selected to represent the Czech Republic in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey this September.
The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2012 NHL Draft (1st round, 17th overall).