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Olli Maatta | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (19) / 8/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 206
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Olli Maatta recorded an assist in his playoff debut on Wednesday.
Maatta assisted on Jussi Jokinen's first period goal. Maatta logged 17:11 minutes in Game 1 of the first round, including 1:22 minutes with his team shorthanded. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 regular season games. Apr 17 - 10:26 AM

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Olli Maatta (upper body) returned to action on Wednesday April 9.

Maatta was out for two straight games. He had two shots on goal in 16:17 minutes of ice time on Wednesday.
Apr 10 - 4:55 AM

Olli Maatta is maybe the most legitimate injured Pittsburgh Penguins player against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Maatta joins a congested group in street clothes that also includes Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Brooks Orpik. Maatta has an upper-body injury. The 19-year-old rookie has 29 points in 75 games this season.
Apr 6 - 6:41 PM

Olli Maatta missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury.

Maatta practiced on Saturday morning with the team and it's possible that he could return to the lineup as early as Sunday as the injury is not considered serious. Stay tuned as the rookie has nine goals and 29 points with a plus-nine rating in 75 games this season.
Apr 6 - 9:47 AM

Olli Maatta was fine with being a healthy scratch on Friday.

Maatta is only 19 and in his first year in the NHL. It has been a long season for him as he did not get an Olympic break as he won a bronze medal for Finland. "Sometimes when you watch the game from up top, you see different things," Maatta said. "You actually have more time than you think you have. When you see it up top, it's really good for you." Maatta was back in the lineup Sunday and played 20:47 minutes with one assist. He now has nine goals and 29 points with a plus-10 rating and deserves to be drafted in the late rounds next season in deeper drafts.
Mar 31 - 10:12 AM

Olli Maatta will be a healthy scratch on Friday.

Maatta has no points and a minus-three rating in his last nine contests. He has nine goals and 19 assists in 72 contests in 2013-14.
Mar 28 - 6:38 PM

With Kris Letang's health scare taking a perennial Norris Trophy contender out of the lineup and few forwards scoring outside of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz, the Penguins have turned to a 19-year-old Finn to spark the offense from the blue line.

Olli Maatta, 19 and a year removed from junior hockey, is displaying nearly unprecedented offensive talent for a teenaged defenseman. After a modest start, Maatta is besting goalies and setting up teammates like a contender for the Calder Trophy, given to the league's top rookie. His points-per-game total increased to .54 in December, .67 in January, and .73 during the Olympics-shortened month of February and March. Maatta boasts the highest points total (28) among a bumper crop of scoring-savvy rookie defensemen, including Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba (24), Anaheim's Hampus Lindholm Ducks (23) and Nashville's Seth Jones (23). Maatta's scoring prowess at such a young age is even more impressive when considering that goals are scarce in today's NHL. Teams are averaging 2.76 goals per game in 2013-14, compared to nearly four per game during the early to mid 1980s.
Mar 16 - 10:55 AM

Olli Maatta has scored six goals in his past 16 games.

The rookie is up to nine goals and 27 points this season in 62 games. He is in the mix for rookie of the year consideration and will battle Nathan MacKinnon for the Calder Trophy.
Mar 10 - 9:35 AM

Future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne is amazed with the poise and ability of young Olli Maata.

Selanne, an Anaheim Ducks winger and future Hall of Famer, is the oldest active NHLer at 43. During the recent Olympics in Sochi, he liked what he saw of Maatta, the Penguins’ 19-year-old defenseman. "It’s amazing how these days young guys can come in the league and be ready like that, said Selanne, tournament MVP in his record-tying sixth Olympics. Maatta helped Finland win the bronze medal with two goals and three assists in six games. "Even at the Olympics, when he played best against best, he was so calm," Selanne said. "He didn’t look like he was a first-year player." Maatta, selected by the Penguins 22nd overall at the 2012 NHL draft, had two goals Thursday night in a 5-3 loss at San Jose. It was his first multiple-goal game in the NHL and his third multiple-point game in the past five outings going into the game against the Ducks. He has nine goals, 18 assists in his 61 games.
Mar 8 - 11:06 AM

Olli Maatta scored two goals in Pittsburgh's 5-3 loss to San Jose Thursday evening.

Maatta now has nine goals and 18 assists in 61 games this season. He's been one of the NHL's top rookies this season. Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins, while Sidney Crosby ended the game with a minus-5 rating.
Mar 7 - 4:01 AM

Olli Maatta scored a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 6-5 shootout loss Thursday night.

This was Maatta's first game since he won a bronze medal with Finland while recording five points in six Olympic contests. He's been one of the NHL's top rookies this season with seven goals and 25 points in 58 contests and we think he'll finish on a high note.
Feb 28 - 11:04 AM

Olli Maatta had a goal and two assists in Finland's 6-1 win over Norway.

Maatta also scored in Finland's Olympic opener against Austria. Lauri Korpikoski netted the game-winning goal in the first period and added a second marker at 8:03 of the second frame. Olli Jokinen picked up a goal and an assist while Jori Lehtera found the back of the net.
Feb 14 - 2:37 PM

Look for Team Finland to be counting on youngster Olli Maatta during the Olympic tournament.

The 19-year-old blueliner has played well beyond his years for the Penguins this season, totaling 23 points in 57 contests this year including seven in his last 10. With veterans Valtteri Filppula, Mikko Koivu and Saku Koivu all missing the Olympics due to injury, a new wave of Finnish players is set to make their mark. Chief among those likely to experience a coming-out party are Maatta and forward Aleksander Barkov, who is expected to center the Finns top line.

Olli Maatta tallied a goal and an assist in the Penguins’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Rangers Friday night.

The 19 year-old has been impressive, to say the least, in his rookie year. With six goals and 22 points and a +11 in 57 games, Maatta seems to be a key part of the first-place Penguins. James Neal banged home a goal and an assist in the contest.
Feb 7 - 10:03 PM

Olli Maatta was hit in his jaw by a puck but said after the game that he was okay.

Maatta's cheek seemed swollen so we are sure the Penguins medical staff will look at it on Sunday. He has five goals and 20 points this season, becoming only the eighth Pittsburgh rookie defenseman to hit the 20 point mark. He has a bright future in Pittsburgh and will be worth considering nm pools next season.
Feb 2 - 9:13 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Joe Vitale
5Brian Gibbons
6Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Jussi Jokinen
3Beau Bennett
4Tanner Glass
5Taylor Pyatt
RW1James Neal
2Pascal Dupuis
3Lee Stempniak
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Paul Martin
3Matt Niskanen
4Olli Maatta
5Brooks Orpik
6Rob Scuderi
7Deryk Engelland
8Robert Bortuzzo
9Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Tomas Vokoun