But the 19-year-old decided to go for an encore performance. Hertl was sent in on a partial breakaway by "Jumbo" Joe Thornton and put the puck between his legs and roofed it on Martin Biron.
The Sharks won the game 9-2 and Hertl was an obvious first star.
The San Jose Sharks are ranked just 22nd overall by Hockey's Future in terms of team prospects, but Hertl's performance tonight likely bumps them up at least a few spots on that list. This potential jump is not only due to Hertl's performance tonight, but also fellow rookie Matthew Nieto who had three points of his own in the win over the Rangers.
Hertl now has six goals and an assist in just three games and will instantly jump onto the radar for all fantasy hockey players. His time on ice was just 11:12 tonight, but with seven shots on goal and the four goals, expect him to get more looks from head coach Todd McClellan.
Nevertheless, it will be tough sledding for Hertl to get more ice time than his 11:12 for the sole reason that the Sharks are loaded at center.
Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton are ahead of Hertl on the depth chart. Still, the young Czech is worth a pick up in deeper fantasy leagues after he submitted his nomination for goal of the year against the Rangers.
Expect more great things from Hertl as he attempts to submit himself as the future of the Sharks' organization.
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