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Preview/Lines #25: Hertl’s Frustration Evident to Boughner

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COLUMBUS — Bob Boughner has noticed Tomas Hertl’s frustration.

The San Jose Sharks star hasn’t notched a point in five games. Not coincidentally, the Sharks have scored just 10 goals in that stretch – and five of those goals were in one game against New Jersey.

“It’s frustrating because he’s getting chances,” Boughner offered.

The big centerman could probably stand to get more chances though: Per Natural Stat Trick, Hertl has been outchanced by Timo Meier, Noah Gregor, Brent Burns, Nick Bonino, Erik Karlsson, and Jonathan Dahlen in the last five contests.

Boughner says he had a heart-to-heart with Hertl this morning.

“My message this morning is don’t show it. Sometimes, he’s got some body language, things like slapping his stick or slamming the door when he comes back. It’s not him being a bad teammate. It’s just him being frustrated,” Boughner shared. “And sometimes as a leader, you have to funnel that frustration a little better. I just told him, Guys look up to you, especially young guys, and they don’t want to see you slamming doors and slapping sticks because you haven’t buried your chances.”

The San Jose Sharks head coach did acknowledge the weight that Hertl is carrying. Unlike say a Logan Couture, Hertl hasn’t had the benefit of playing with a Timo Meier this season. Instead, Hertl has been forced to be the focal point of his line while flanked by the likes of skilled-but-raw wingers like Alexander Barabanov, Rudolfs Balcers, William Eklund, and Noah Gregor.

“To be honest with you, he’s got to do a job on that line of making his wingers better. Generating for that line and being the motor on that line,” Boughner noted. “And most times he has, but there’s times he hasn’t, and I had that heart-to-heart with him this morning, we need to get that line more consistent.”

San Jose Sharks (13-10-1)

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-10-0)

Per NHL.com:

Oliver Bjorkstrand — Boone Jenner — Jakub Voracek
Gustav Nyquist — Cole Sillinger — Max Domi
Eric Robinson — Sean Kuraly — Alexandre Texier
Yegor Chinakhov — Justin Danforth — Gregory Hofmann

Zach Werenski — Jake Bean
Vladislav Gavrikov — Andrew Peeke
Gavin Bayreuther — Adam Boqvist

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Where to Watch

Puck drop against the Blue Jackets is 3:00 PM PT at Nationwide Arena. Watch it live on NBC Sports California and ESPN+. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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dilligaff4444

you have to move your feet to get chances and he is not skating at all, never mind skating well. his only chances come when f1 AND f2 forecheck AND pop the puck out to him as f3 WHEN he is in position or very close …he cant catch up to an opportunity in progress… everyone has to wait on him … his goals are either from his (and others) sick mitts or none at all … none are “mobile” goals which involve any skating . given his lack of skating i would not want to resign him unless he… Read more »

Dave

Tomas, get the hell out out SJS as soon as you can. This team is nothing but a black hole for talents like you. Find a team that will appreciate what you can bring to the table and not sidelining you with two rookies on the line. Good Luck.

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