SAN JOSE -- The initial estimate that injured Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl might miss only a month of the season turned out to be too optimistic.

The Sharks announced Monday that Hertl, who was leading all NHL rookies with 15 goals and 25 points, will undergo surgery next week to repair damage caused by a knee-on-knee hit Thursday night from Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown.

And that, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said, means that Hertl will miss more than a month, though exactly how long he will be out won't be known until after the operation.

Beyond that, there was no new information on the injury or the specific surgical procedure. Wilson met with reporters between periods of Monday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche but said he would wait until after the procedure to describe the extent of the damage.

Wilson did express his disappointment that no one from the Kings organization had expressed any concern over the injury to Hertl and cited an experience from his own days as a player to show the traditional way hockey players respond to an opponent's injury.

"When I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe and carried off the ice," Wilson said. "He came in between periods, all around the rink to make sure I was OK. So my response to the lack of concern toward our player is disappointing."

He also noted that Maxim Lapierre expressed concern about Dan Boyle's health when the Blues forward illegally knocked him face-first into the boards, as did Raffi Torres last spring after he injured Kings forward Jarrett Stoll in the playoffs.


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Wilson has not ruled out the possibility that Hertl, who is walking with the aid of a brace, could be out for the entire season.

The general manager did say, however, that the surgery medically rules out Hertl's ability to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Czech Republic.

Brown received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. There was no further supplemental discipline.

Wilson has said little about the hit itself and lack of NHL follow-up. That might be because he was fined $100,000 last spring for publicly challenging the series-long suspension that Torres received against the same Kings.