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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 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

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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

Olli Maatta declined an invite to play for Finland at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

He wants to start resting up after a long rookie season. Maatta notched nine goals and 29 points in 78 games with the Penguins during the regular season and he added four assists in 13 playoff outings.
May 15 - 2:59 PM

Olli Maatta played on Sunday despite being ill.

Maatta missed the morning skate as he came to practice ill. Penguin doctors gave him fluids and prescribed rest in the afternoon, allowing the rookie defenseman to play in the evening. With Game 7 on Tuesday, the Penguins have to hope that the blueliner is able to recover and play.
May 12 - 11:05 AM

Olli Maatta isn't one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy.

Maatta had nine goals and 29 points in 78 games while averaging 18:29 minutes in 2013-14. It's rare for a defenseman to win the Calder Trophy and even if that wasn't the case, Nathan MacKinnon would still be the frontrunner this season. That being said, Maatta had a strong rookie season and has a bright future ahead of him.
Apr 23 - 12:53 PM

Olli Matta scored a fortunate goal to lift the Penguins to a 4-3 comeback win over Columbus Monday night.

Matta's point shot deflected in off Blue Jackets defender James Wisniewski to complete a third period comeback from a 3-1 deficit. Brandon Sutter, Brooks Orpik and Lee Stempniak also found the back of the net in the victory.
Apr 21 - 9:50 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Brandon Sutter
4Marcel Goc
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Beau Bennett
3Nick Spaling
4Blake Comeau
5Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond
RW1Patric Hornqvist
2Pascal Dupuis
3Steve Downie
4Craig Adams
5Jayson Megna
D1Kris Letang
2Christian Ehrhoff
3Paul Martin
4Olli Maatta
5Rob Scuderi
6Simon Despres
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Brian Dumoulin
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Thomas Greiss
3Jeff Zatkoff