SAN JOSE, California – With the 17th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and Director of Scouting Tim Burke selected center Tomas Hertl (HER-tuhl).
Hertl spent last season with Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga where he posted 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 38 games with a +9 rating and 22 penalty minutes.
“He’s a big centerman and a playmaker,” said Burke. “He did well as a young player playing in the top league and we had a lot of good reports on him.”
The six-foot-two, 198-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic represented his country at the 2012 World Junior Championship, where he tied for the team lead with five points (two goals, three assists) in six games. Hertl also played for Czech Republic at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship, scoring one goal in six games.
Hertl spent the majority of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons playing for Slavia Praha’s junior squad. He recorded 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 42 games during the 2009-10 season and 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 33 games during the 2010-11 season.
Hertl was ranked fifth amount European Skaters by NHL Central Scouting.
The Sharks hold five selections on Day Two of the 2012 NHL Entry, which will resume tomorrow at Consul Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently the Sharks have picks in the second (55th overall), fifth (138th overall), sixth (168th overall) and seventh round (191st and 198th overall).