Tomas Hertl likely out a month

Updated: December 21, 2013, 3:54 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

NHL rookie scoring leader Tomas Hertl will be out at least a month, if not longer, with a right knee injury, the San Jose Sharks confirmed Saturday.

"There's still a lot of swelling, the evaluation will continue but we know he'll be out at least a month. We'll know more in the near future," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson told ESPN.com Saturday.

Hertl was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in Thursday's game. Brown was given a five-minute major for kneeing and thrown out of the game. The NHL decided the play did not warrant any supplemental discipline.

Entering Saturday's games, Hertl, 20, had a five-point lead atop the NHL rookie points race with 25 points (15-10) in 35 games. His injury could potentially hurt his chances to play in the Olympics for his native Czech Republic.

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