Weight: 198 Pounds
DOB: 12 November 1993
Team: Slavia Praha (Czech Extraliga)
Every NHL team needs character forwards who work hard for the team and chip in with frequent offensive contributions. That is what Tomas Hertl will provide.
A hardworking offensive forward, Hertl is a sizable center willing to go to the corners to retrieve the puck. He lacks dynamic speed, but makes up for it with good technical skills that include a powerful shot and an accurate pass. He has a complete defensive game, and as a result is seen as a responsible and trustworthy player in all three zones.
The young Czech is unselfish and willing to sacrifice his body for the team, both qualities that will undoubtedly serve him well as he tries to crack an NHL roster, which his size and impressive maturity suggest could be sooner rather than later.
Hertl spent his season with Slavia Praha of the Czech Extraliga. An 18-year-old going up against grown men, the youngster performed admirably, scoring 12 goals and 13 assists in 38 games to go along with a plus-9.
Hertl also starred at the 2012 World Juniors. One of a small number of draft-eligible players to feature for their countries, Hertl excelled, scoring three goals and two assists in six games, helping his Czech Republic to a fifth-place finish. As expected, Hertl impressed when matched up against players his own age, significantly helping his draft stock in the process.
The Prague-born forward also impressed at the combine, winning the treacherous V02 MAX test, showing just how ready he is for NHL-duty and undoubtedly contributing to a further rise in his draft stock.
In Central Scouting's final rankings, Tomas Hertl was ranked as the fifth top European skater.
Analysis: Tomas Hertl models his game after Evgeni Malkin, and, indeed, Hertl projects as a physical two-way power forward who will be able to produce in the top six.