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Nieto and Hertl are PlayStation Rookies of the Year

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 7:00 PM PT / News
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SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) announced today that forwards Matt Nieto (@matt_nieto) and Tomas Hertl (@tomashertl48) have been selected as this year’s PlayStation® “Sharks Co-Rookies of the Year” in a vote by Bay Area media. It is only the second time in the history of the franchise that two or more players have shared the award in a given year.

Nieto and Hertl will both be recognized in a video presentation during tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center at San Jose. On behalf of the two players, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) will present a check for $2,500 to the Sharks Foundation and both Nieto and Hertl will receive a PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system with a VIP pack of games.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the San Jose Sharks,” said Guy Longworth, SVP, PlayStation Brand Marketing at SCEA. “The entire Sharks organization works extremely hard to be one of the best teams in the NHL and PlayStation loves to reward team members for their successful efforts. It’s a pleasure to honor these two impressive young players and we can’t wait to follow their careers in the seasons ahead.”

Nieto has recorded 24 points (10-14=24) in 66 games this season. He currently ranks T-17th amongst all rookies in goals and T-21st in points. Nieto also ranks tied-for-second amongst all rookie forwards in blocked shots (45). The 21-year old rookie recorded the first two-goal game of his career on Feb. 3 vs. Philadelphia, and had a career-high four-game point streak (three goals, two assists, +4 rating) from March 8-14.

The 20-year old Hertl has registered 25 points (15-10=25) in 35 games this season, a campaign that was shortened after suffering a knee injury on Dec. 31. At the time of his injury, Hertl ranked first on the team in goals and first amongst all NHL rookies in both goals and points. On Oct. 8 against the New York Rangers, Hertl scored four times, including a between-the-legs highlight reel goal, tying a Sharks franchise record for most goals in a game and setting a new franchise record for fastest four goals in a game (22:46).

Hertl was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for week of Oct. 13 with five goals in three games, and was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October after posting 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in 13 games.

Both players are a part of a short list of 12 players in Sharks franchise history that have scored at least 10 goals and 10 assists in their first NHL season.

Nieto was originally drafted by San Jose in the second round (47th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. Hertl was originally drafted by San Jose in the first round (17th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of our community, with a focus on health, education and character development for Santa Clara County Youth. It offers unique resources and financial support to those organizations that enhance the lives of local youth.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE PLAYSTATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:

2013-14 Matt Nieto & Tomas Hertl
2012-13 Matt Irwin
2011-12 Andrew Desjardins
2010-11 Logan Couture
2009-10 Jason Demers
2008-09 Tomas Plihal
2007-08 Torrey Mitchell
2006-07 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2005-06 Milan Michalek
2003-04 Tom Preissing
2002-03 Jim Fahey
2001-02 Matt Bradley
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Brad Stuart
1998-99 Alexander Korolyuk
1997-98 Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin
1996-97 Stephen Guolla
1995-96 Marcus Ragnarsson
1994-95 Jeff Friesen

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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