You remember Tomas Hertl, don't you? The Sharks rookie was taking the NHL by storm and was well on his way to winning the Calder Trophy before undergoing surgery on his knee and missing the majority of the season.

Well his season isn't done. In fact, it's likely about to get started again just in time for the playoffs.

Hertl has been skating for a while, rehabbing his knee and it appears that he might finally be ready to return to the Sharks, possibly even before the playoffs begin next week. From Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area:

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. The Sharks host Colorado on Friday and visit Phoenix on Saturday to conclude the 82-game slate.

So this is a pretty big deal for the Sharks.

Leaving alone the fact that Hertl is a supremely talented player who can only add to their offensive attack, he allows the Sharks to get more balance on their lines. He was playing on the top line this season with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns prior to his injury but to make up for his loss, the Sharks had to shuffle things and Joe Pavelski moved up. That worked out well for Pavelski but overall it wasn't ideal for the Sharks lines as it had a trickle down to the other lines and weakened them a tad.