Tomas Hertl, a rookie in 2013 with the San Jose Sharks, has turned heads and created controversy in his first few games as an NHLer. Getting off to a brilliant NHL start after starring as a teenager for Slavia in the Czech Extraliga, the 19-year-old Hertl scored two goals in his second game, becoming the youngest Shark to tally twice in one contest since Patrick Marleau in 1999. Hertl followed that feat by notching four goals in the Sharks’ next game, against the New York Rangers – making him the youngest player to score four in a game in 26 years. Hertl’s fourth goal in that game, a stunning, hot-dog between the legs effort, drew criticism from pundits who felt his showmanship “didn’t respect the game.” (Best Player, though, would rather see Hertl show off his stick skills than see a season’s worth of stultifying, defence-first hockey…) Here’s looking forward to seeing a stellar career develop for Tomas Hertl.
Born: Prague, Czech Republic, 1993
Height/weight: 188 cm (6’2″) / 89 kg (196 lbs)
Previous team: HC Slavia Praha
drafted: 2012 by San Jose, 1st round (17th overall)