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Olli Maatta | Defenseman | #3

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/22/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 206
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (22) / PIT
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Olli Maatta is becoming an offensive force with two goals and three points in his first three games.
Maatta showed some promise in his rookie season with nine goals and 29 points but that was in 2013-14. He had only 35 points in three injury plagued seasons since then but started to come alive in last year's playoffs with two goals and eight points in 25 games. "We've always believed Olli has good offensive instincts," coach Mike Sullivan said of the 23-year-old. "He jumps into plays when he sees them. I really believe his hockey IQ is his greatest asset. He really sees the ice well. He's a cerebral player, both defensively and offensively. I think the fact that he's getting involved in the offense more in these last few games is an indication that he's feeling good about himself and his game. That confidence goes a long way." Oct 9 - 9:14 AM

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Olli Maatta notched a goal and an assist in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win against Nashville on Saturday night.

Maatta got his second goal of the season just 33 seconds into the third period after Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Ryan Reaves built the Penguins a 3-0 lead. Bryan Rust and Sidney Crosby finished the match with a pair of assists apiece.
Oct 7 - 10:20 PM

Olli Maatta isn't satisfied with how his last two seasons have gone.

"The last two years, I didn't play my best hockey," Maatta said. "I think I've got a lot better (to give)." Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has been happy with Maatta's play and Pittsburgh has outscored its opponents 103-63 when Maatta has been on the ice during that two-year period. That being said, Maatta has left something to be desired offensively. He had 29 points as a rookie in 2013-14, but he's been limited to a combined 26 points in 122 contests over the last two campaigns. It would certainly be nice, especially for fantasy owners, if he steps up in that regard, but we wouldn't recommend drafting him in standard leagues at this time. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on.
Sep 26 - 10:05 AM

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes that there's offensive upside to Olli Maatta's game.

The 23-year-old has never put up more than 29 points in his NHL career, but Sullivan believes he could contribute more offensively. "I think Olli’s always had an element of offense to his game," Sullivan said. "He sees the ice really well. He jumps into holes. He joins the rush. Olli’s a really smart player. I think his hockey sense is underrated. That’s one of the things that allows him to be as effective as he is. He has the ability to help us create offense from the back end. That’s so important to the type of game that we’re trying to play."
Sep 23 - 10:57 AM

Olli Maatta logged 31:57 of ice time in Game 7 against Ottawa.

Maatta, Brian Dumoulin and Ron Hainsey set career highs for ice time. Maatta averaged 18:03 of ice time during the regular season, but he's up to 21:02 per contest in the playoffs. He has also contributed seven points in 19 postseason outings. Maatta, Dumoulin and Hainsey have all stepped up for Pittsburgh's battered back end to help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final.
May 27 - 9:32 AM

As long as Olli Maatta stays healthy, he should finish with at least 50 career playoff games under his belt before his 23rd birthday.

There aren't many players who were on a team that enjoyed that level of postseason success when they were 22-years-old and younger. In fact, there are only 22 players in NHL history on that list. Evgeni Malkin fell just shy of it, but the Penguins got other members into that club, including Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, and Jaromir Jagr.
May 22 - 4:04 PM

Olli Maatta scored for the second straight game on Sunday.

The defenseman had a strong rookie season offensively when he had 29 points as a 19-year-old and even managed nine points in 20 games in a injury-filled year the next season but his offense fell off a cliff of late until this week. He is only 22 and still has a big future ahead of him. Take a chance on him in deep, deep drafts near the end of your pool.
May 22 - 8:56 AM

Olli Maatta scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over Ottawa in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday night.

Maatta opened the scoring late in the first period. The Penguins were able to tack on two more goals (Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin) and they never looked back. The goal was Maatta's first of the postseason. He has six points in 16 games during the playoffs. The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Game 5 will be played in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon.
May 20 - 10:02 AM

Olli Maatta earned an assist in Game 2 against Ottawa.

He picked up the secondary helper on Phil Kessel's lone goal of the match in a 1-0 Pittsburgh victory. Maatta has been superb in the postseason and on Monday he played 1:12 of power-play time after the Penguins lost Justin Schultz to an injury. He has earned five helpers and a plus-8 rating in 14 playoff contests this year.
May 16 - 8:28 AM

Olli Maatta registered an assist in the Penguins' 3-2 win over Washington in Game 4 Wednesday night.

Maatta has recorded a point in three of Pittsburgh's last four games. He has four assists in nine postseason contests this year.
May 4 - 10:44 AM

Olli Maatta will return to action on Sunday against the Rangers.

He's been out since Feb. 16th with a hand injury he received surgery on. Through 54 games this season the youngster has posted a goal and seven points with 101 blocks.
Apr 9 - 5:18 PM

Olli Maatta will remain sidelined Saturday with a hand injury as the Penguins take on the Maple Leafs.

The young defender has been out of action since Feb. 16th following surgery.
Apr 8 - 1:22 PM

Olli Maatta (hand) skated before practice Tuesday.

However, he isn't ready to return yet. Maatta has been out of action since Feb. 16 following hand surgery.
Apr 4 - 4:53 PM

Olli Maatta will be out for six weeks after he had successful hand surgery.

He injured his left hand in Thursday's game against Winnipeg and quickly had a procedure to repair the issue. Maatta has also been placed on injured reserve. His proposed timetable has him out until late March.
Feb 17 - 10:58 AM

Olli Maatta suffered an undisclosed injury in Thursday's OT win over Winnipeg.

He left in the second period following a hit from Jets center Adam Lowry and didn't return. Maatta had a plus-1 rating in just 7:38 of ice time. His status was not updated after the contest, so it's unclear if he will be available to play Friday night at this time. We should know more closer to game time.
Feb 17 - 10:46 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Greg McKegg
4Carter Rowney
5Riley Sheahan
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Ryan Reaves
5Josh Archibald
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Ian Cole
6Chad Ruhwedel
7Matt Hunwick
8Zach Trotman
G1Matt Murray
2Antti Niemi