It’s the performance of the season up until this point. And not just because there have only been a handful of games played so far. A month or two in, and this probably still stands as one of the best offensive performances of the season.
Tomas Hertl’s four goal explosion on Tuesday was the stuff of legend. Not only was he the youngest player to score four goals in a game since 1988, but his fourth and final tally was the kind of cocky self-assured trickery that usually only comes from much more experienced and established players.
This is especially surprising coming from such a young rookie. Hertl is only 19 years old, and hasn’t even spent any time adjusting to North America or the smaller ice rinks in the the OHL or AHL. He jumped straight from the Czech Extraliga in his native Czech Republic, to the big stage of the NHL. He sure hasn’t missed a beat, and the Sharks are sure loving him.
This performance gives Hertl 6 goals in his first three games. The offensive spark he has provided the Sharks has been a bit out of left field. Hertl put up solid number in the Czech league, but nowhere near the kind of offensive impact we’ve seen out of him thus far. Too early to talk Calder? Fluke or the second coming of Jagr? Enough speculation, let’s just enjoy the goal… the sweet sweet goal.