Hertl edged Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (6-4—10 in 12 games), Edmonton Oilers center Mark Arcobello (0-10—10 in 14 games), Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson (5-4—9 in 12 games), Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones (2-4—6, 25:08 TOI/g in 13 games) and Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (3-0-0, 1.50 goals-against average, .944 save
percentage) for the honor.
Hertl, the 17th overall selection in the 2012 NHL Draft, recorded his first NHL assist/point in his League debut Oct. 3 versus the Vancouver Canucks. He scored the first two goals of his NHL career in San Jose’s next game, Oct. 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes, becoming the youngest player (19 years, 327 days) to record a multi-goal game for the Sharks since March 17,
1999 (Patrick Marleau: 19 years, 183 days).
Skating in just his third NHL game Oct. 8 versus the New York Rangers, Hertl (19 years, 330 days) became the fourth-youngest player all-time – and youngest since Jimmy Carson on March 20, 1988 – to score four goals in a game. He also tied a Sharks franchise record for most goals in a game, set Dec. 19, 1995, by Owen Nolan.