Underdog of the Week wasn’t hard to determine after a wonderful performance this week by a youngster from the Czech Republic. This week’s underdog is none other than the kid named Tomas Hertl on the San Jose Sharks.
Tomas Hertl is just a 19 year old who fell into the luck pot during his game against the New York Rangers. Last Tuesday, Hertl played amazing, registering 4 goals in his great performance against the Rangers. This performance makes him the youngest NHL player to score 4 goals in one game since Jimmy Carson did it for the Los Angeles Kings in the 1987-88 season. This performance also made him the first Shark to score four goals in one game since Owen Nolan in 1995.
San Jose picked up this kid in the 2012 NHL Draft with the 17th overall. He was ranked the 5th best European skater, and he can prove it. His speed is great and, as he has showed us, he can score. Hertl leads the team with 8 points and 7 goals. He has 8 points in 5 games, which is really good. Veteran Patrick Marleau is second in the goal column with 4 goals in 5 games.
Why is Hertl the Underdog of the Week? Who thought this kid would have a night like he did against the Rangers? He performed great and even scored a sweet trick shot to make his fourth goal. Hertl has played beyond expectations so far and I think he doesn’t get enough credit. He is going to be an outbreak player this year. The Sharks have found a young power forward that can help with the speed of the team. With Joe Thornton making big promises, that I hope he doesn’t have to keep, the kid has nothing to worry about. Big Joe has his back as well as the other players on the team.
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