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Olli Maatta | Defenseman

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (20) / 8/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 206
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Olli Maatta will be in the lineup for all three of Pittsburgh's home games this week.
He will undergo surgery next week to remove a tumor on his thyroid gland, but until that happens he is cleared to play. Maatta is expected to have a full recovery after the procedure and his recovery time is slated to be four weeks. Oct 27 - 2:32 PM

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Olli Maatta will have surgery next week to remove a tumor on his thyroid gland.

According to Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, there is an "85 percent chance" that the mass is cancerous, but Maatta won't require chemosurgery or radiation. He's expected to be sidelined for four weeks after the procedure, but he's cleared to play until it occurs.
Oct 27 - 1:41 PM

Olli Maatta has bounced back nicely from his offseason shoulder surgery.

"Anyone who has missed an extended period of time knows that it takes a while to get your timing, to get everything down — your conditioning, that kind of stuff," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "He doesn't even look like he's even missed three days. It's pretty impressive. He's given himself every opportunity to get back quickly, but even if you've worked really hard, it's not easy to come back and to be that good." Maatta has a goal and five points in seven games this season. He also averaged 20:12 minutes per contest. He's worth taking a chance on in standard leagues as he might surpass the 30-point mark.
Oct 27 - 9:40 AM

Olli Maatta proved once again he can hang with the big boys, notching three assists in the Penguin's opening night 6-4 win over the Ducks.

His first assist probably stretched the boundaries of a secondary assist, but the pass was lovely as he looked-off a defender so he could get it to Chris Kunitz. His other two were quite pretty, albeit one-timers into a gaping net. Maatta appears well on his way to a stellar season.
Oct 10 - 1:54 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) has been given the green light to play.

Maatta will consequently be in the Penguins' lineup for their opener on Thursday. He had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games in 2013-14.
Oct 8 - 1:12 PM

Defenseman Olli Maatta (shoulder) was finally cleared for contact on Saturday.

The defenseman underwent off-season shoulder surgery and was unable to play during the pre-season. "We pushed him harder than he's been pushed before as far as contact goes," coach Mike Johnston said. "He seems to be handling it really well, but (Sunday) morning our trainers will give us an update if there are any signs or symptoms that are of concern. If there aren't, we'll keep ramping it up. We'll see if he's cleared to play." Maatta did plenty of 'low-end battle-type drills' but his status for Thursday's opener is still up in the air. He will make a nice sixth defenseman in deep pools at this time as he should get 20-25 points this season.
Oct 5 - 10:15 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) has not been cleared to play and his status for the season opener on Thursday is up in the air.

Maatta did not play at all during the pre-season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. He had nine goals and 29 points in an outstanding rookie season. He will make a nice sixth defenseman in deep pools at this time as he should get 20-25 points this season.
Oct 4 - 9:26 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) won't play on Wednesday.

That means Maatta will have missed all of the Penguins' preseason contests. The good news is he's been practicing with the team. With that in mind, there's still a chance that he'll play in the Penguins' season opener.
Oct 1 - 9:03 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) skated in practice on Friday.

Maatta underwent surgery on his shoulder in late May and the recovery process was supposed to take four months so he is right on schedule. Maatta had a great rookie season as he had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games. Look for a bit of a regression in 2014-15 but Maatta has a bright future in the NHL.
Sep 20 - 11:45 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) will be able to take part in "limited contact" at the start of camp.

He has been on the mend from off-season shoulder surgery since May. Maatta recorded nine goals and 29 points in 78 games during his rookie campaign. It appears as though he could be on track to be fine for the start of the season.
Sep 18 - 3:14 PM

Penguins head coach Mike Johnson is expected to receive news from team doctors on Olli Maatta’s surgically repaired shoulder on Wednesday or Thursday.

Maatta has been recovering nicely from the shoulder surgery that he received in May and could be cleared for contact just in time for training camp if the medical report goes well. His timeline to return was four-to-six months so fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this good news. There is a chance that he could return to the lineup for opening night but the coaching staff won’t guarantee anything. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring as the 2012 first-rounder showed brilliance during his rookie season.
Sep 17 - 12:06 AM

Olli Maatta is upbeat about how his recovery from shoulder surgery has gone.

Maatta had the operation in May. "When I had the surgery, I was afraid that over the summer, it would be kind of bad," Maatta said. "That I couldn't do too much, like work out. But I've been surprised at how good it's been. It hasn't really bothered me [while] working out. I've been able to do almost all the stuff I've needed to do, like in a normal summer." He's not entirely out of the woods yet as he still needs to be cleared for contact.
Sep 5 - 10:18 AM

Olli Maatta (shoulder) is recovering on schedule, according to Pittsburgh team officials.

However, it remains uncertain when he will be cleared to practice and/or play. Maatta underwent off-season shoulder surgery and he could miss the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Aug 26 - 1:40 PM

Olli Maatta underwent shoulder surgery on Thursday.

According to the Penguins, the 19-year-old defender will need four-to-six months to recover. That could result in him missing the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
May 22 - 3:11 PM

Olli Maatta will require shoulder surgery.

The procedure is expected to occur on Thursday. Maatta registered nine goals and 29 points in 78 games with the Penguins during his rookie season. A timetable for his recovery should be released after the surgery.
May 22 - 10:46 AM

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