Hertl motivated to return Sharks to playoffs after rebuild originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Tomáš Hertl has spent his entire NHL career with the Sharks, making the Stanley Cup playoffs five times with San Jose.
Since being selected No. 17 by the Sharks in the 2012 NHL Draft, Hertl has posted 207 goals, 259 assists and 466 points, becoming a fan-favorite and leader in Silicon Valley year after year.
“A lot of pieces have changed,” Hertl said to Stephens. “But this is like my home. My family is from here now, with my wife. Everything started here. Even in these tough times here, I’m still coming into (this dressing room). Even after this tough start, I still have a feeling that things will turn around. Maybe not this year, maybe not next year. But it changes quick. You get a couple players. Guys settle in and things can change really fast in the league.”
Hertl emphasized wanting to return the Sharks to glory, as San Jose hasn’t made a postseason appearance since the 2018-2019 NHL season.
Hertl, who signed an eight-year, $65.1 million extension last March, wants to get San Jose on the right track again. He doesn’t need any more motivation and knows what it takes to get the Sharks to the playoffs and even the Stanley Cup Finals, which San Jose reached in 2016.
“First couple of years, you get here (and) you’re winning in the regular season,” Hertl told Stephens. “And it seems like it’s not that hard to get in the playoffs.
“Now when you’re going through this tough time where it’s kind of a rebuild, you appreciate it (more) and you know how hard it is to get there. You want to work even harder now because you want to get the team back…fighting for the playoff runs because (there’s) nothing more fun (than) to be in the playoffs.”
However, the Czech Republic native is optimistic about the Sharks’ future and relishes his family’s foundation in the South Bay.
Source: Yahoo Sports