SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Forward Tomas Hertl (@TomasHertl48) to a four-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Tomas took a big step forward last season, both on and off the ice, and we feel that he is just starting to hit his prime," said Wilson. "He has the ability to be a dominant player in this League and proved during the playoffs that he can take over any given game with his combination of skill and strength. His capability to play both center and the wing gives our team some flexibility, and he has one of the most infectious personalities in our dressing room. We're excited he made this commitment to our organization."
Hertl, 24, recorded 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists), 41 penalty minutes and 175 shots on goal in 79 games with San Jose this past season. He finished the 2017-18 regular season ranked second on the team in takeaways (60), tied for second in goals, fourth in power-play goals (six) while also leading the Sharks in game-winning goals (five) and faceoff wins (587). The fifth-year center set career-highs in goals, penalty minutes, power-play goals and game-winning goals, and tied his career mark for points. He ranked second amongst Sharks forwards in blocked shots (71) and shorthanded time on ice per game (1:31) and third amongst San Jose forwards in hits (84). Among all NHL forwards with at least 20 goals, Hertl ranked second, behind Logan Couture, in blocked shots.
In 10 playoff games, Hertl had nine points (six goals, three assists), a plus-two rating and paced the Sharks in goals and game-winning goals (two). His six goals tied a playoff career high, set in 20 games during the 2016 Stanley Cup season, and he led all NHL skaters in penalties drawn (11) through the first two rounds of the playoffs (according to Natural Stat Trick). In addition, his six goals were tied for the seventh-most among all NHL skaters through the first two rounds, and he ranked tied for second in game-winning tallies during that span.
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In 328 career NHL games, all with San Jose, Hertl has registered 170 points (81 goals, 89 assists) and a plus-12 rating. He ranks third in goals scored and fourth in points amongst his 2012 draft class, and became the fourth-youngest player (19 years, 330 days) in NHL history to score four times in a game with his effort on Oct. 8, 2013 vs. the New York Rangers.
He has represented his home country of the Czech Republic in various international tournaments, including: the World Championships (2015, 2014, 2013), the World Jr. Championships (2013, 2012) and the U-18 World Jr. Championships (2011). Hertl was also named to the 2016 Czech Republic World Cup of Hockey roster, but did not participate.
The six-foot-two, 220-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2012 NHL Draft (1st round, 17th overall).