Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl could return to the Sharks’ lineup soon.

Very soon.

The 20-year-old forward is expected to be ready in time for the Sharks’ first playoff game next week against the Los Angeles Kings, according to a source, and pending medical approval.

Hertl, who has been skating with the team since Feb. 26, may even try to play in one of the Sharks’ final two regular season games, should he be cleared in time.