Hertl? No, it’s MYtl. Sorry, there were name puns being made in the comments and I wanted to be included. Anyway, checking in at number 24 is Tomas Hertl. A big, strong center, Hertl is coming off an impressive rookie campaign in the Czech Extraliga where he was the fourth leading scorer for his Slavia Prague squad with 25 points in 38 games. He also potted three goals in six games while representing the Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Hertl first came to the attention of the international hockey community when he was a 17-year-old in the when he was the third leading scorer for the U20 Slavia team while playing against older competition. He was even more impressive when picking on people his own age; putting up 23 points in just seven games at the U18 level.
Weight: 198 pounds
Born: November 12, 1993
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Tomas Hertl has been a very under the radar prospect but brings great skill and a versatile mind to his team. He has the ability to really stand out, even on rosters with higher profile players. He compliments a variety of skill types and can really amplify the availability of space for his teammates. He has developed steadily over the course of the past few seasons and could still improve his offensive output.
In all seriousness, Hertl is a terrific young center with size and a scoring touch who tallied 25 points in 38 games playing against men in the Czech Republic’s top league during the 11-12 season.
Tomas Hertl is a big, strong winger. He has a set of hands to go with his big frame. Tomas skates well and can score big goals.
All the talk centered on goalie Petr Mrazek at the WJC, but there was more to the Czech team than just the Detroit Red Wings prospect.
Hertl made his presence felt with fantastic play in the offensive zone.
“At the world juniors, eh was like a debutante on the international stage for the first time,” said one scout. “It was his first foray under the magnifying glass and he played very well.”
Hertl tied for the team lead in scoring with three goals and five points in six games as the Czechs exceeded expectations. Though the winger was one of the youngest players on the squad, he’s been even better at home with Slavia Prague, where his competition is the best of all ages in the nation.
“That’s where he really stood out,” the scout said. “He took a regular shift, got power play time – he’s a skill player. ‘Rosie’ (coach and ex-NHLer Vladimir Ruzicka) loves him.”
Ice awareness and his ability to make plays are Hertl’s strongest values.
Hertl is a big kid who clearly has the ability to put the puck in the back of the net as well as having experience playing against top talent at all the levels he has been involved with.
His vision on the ice and his experience should make him attractive to any teams looking to take a player who has flied a little under the rader. I like Hertl finding his way into the first round with a late-round selection. Teams needing an up and coming scorer could do a lot worse than taking a flyer on Hertl.