Six Questions the Sharks have to answer: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=679518&navid=nhl:topheads
Why the Sharks have a line-up hole without Havlat: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=679578
Sharks Top 10 prospects: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=679492&navid=nhl:topheads
1. Tomas Hertl, C: Hertl will enter training camp ready and able to crack the Sharks' opening-day roster. He was taken 17th in the 2012 NHL Draft, and so far the 19-year-old has exceeded all expectations. Last season the Czech Republic native led his hometown team, HC Slavia Praha, with 18 goals and 30 points in 43 games despite being the youngest player on the team.
After a sensational season in the competitive Czech Extraliga, Hertl signed a three-year, entry-level contract June 4. Most prognosticators have Hertl starting the season on the second line alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, replacing TJ Galiardi, who was traded to the Calgary Flames.
If Hertl cracks the roster, expect the 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward to display a willingness to battle for the puck and an ability to make a play with it.