Nieto and Hertl are PlayStation Rookies of the Year

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Nieto and Hertl are PlayStation Rookies of the Year
Matt Nieto and Tomas Hertl have been selected as the 2013-14 PlayStation \u201CSharks Co-Rookies of the Year.\"

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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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