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Five reasons the Penguins will be better in 2014

Crosby and the Penguins will be a better team in 2014. It’s been quite the offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Out are Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero, as well as about a half-dozen players including fan favorites Brooks Orpik, Matt Niskanen, James Neal and Jussi Jokinen. In is head coach Mike Johnston and GM Jim Rutherford, as well as a whole slew of new faces that will soon don the...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta continues stellar rookie season

Whatever it is, Olli Maatta has it. Speed?  Check.  Hands? Check. Hockey Sense? Double-check.  At only 19, Maatta already looks poised to develop into the National Hockey League’s next great puck-moving defenseman.  In fact, I don’t think the Penguins have had a prospect look so poised and NHL-ready in his first year since Sidney Crosby was a rookie in 2005-2006. Maatta has...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens Make Maatta a Healthy Scratch – Sign of Things to Come?

(Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Olli Maatta will be a healthy scratch today when the Penguins play the New Jersey Devils. It would make sense if the scratch is nothing more than a temporary change made simply to give Maatta a rest.  He’s halfway through his first experience of what a grind the NHL schedule can be.  He leads the team in blocked shots with 72.  Thanks to the recent...
Via The PensNation
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Olli Maatta making name for himself

At the beginning of the season, Pittsburgh invited two young defensemen, Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot, to training camp this year to see how they would fair with some of Pittsburgh’s better defensemen. When it came to selecting a roster for the 2013-2014 season, Määttä’s solid performance during training camp, due to an injury to Kris Letang, earned him a spot on the Pittsburgh’s...
Via isportsweb.com
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Stick Taps: Can Olli Maatta Win the Calder Trophy?

Can Olli Maatta win the Calder Trophy? Ryan Wilson takes a detailed look at that question and some of the challenges facing Maatta’s bid. The Toledo Walleye of the ECHL unveiled what will be a Christmas jersey for the ages. Other Ugly Christmas hockey sweaters making the rounds are the Knoxville Ice Bears, the Reading Royals, Lake Erie Monsters, and Wilkes-Barre Penguins. Our...
Via The PensNation
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Penguins keeping rookie D Olli Maatta

Pittsburgh Penguins will keep rookie defenseman Olli Maatta. The Penguins could have sent the 19-year-old Maatta back to his junior team, a move that would have pushed back the clock on Maatta's NHL service time. Instead, general manager Ray Shero decided to keep Maatta in Pittsburgh, calling it the best decision for Maatta and the Penguins. Maatta has been solid during Pittsburgh...
Via AP on Fox
October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pump the Brakes (Even on Maatta) by @ToonsBrian

October 3, 2013: The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the New Jersey Devils and shut them out 3-0. October 5, 2013: The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Buffalo Sabres and blow them out 4-1. October 8, 2013: The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Carolina Hurricanes...similar result. The rest of the season thus far, save the very next game against Florida, which featured Jeff Zatkoff...
Via PensInitiative
October 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Decision on Olli Maatta

The Trib’s Rob Rossi is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins plan to keep defenseman Olli Maatta on their roster for longer than a nine-game audition. The Penguins will allow Maatta, a 19-year-old defenseman, to play in more than nine games, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. That decision was reached before Maatta’s pivotal role on the tying goal in the Penguins...
Via The PensNation
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins are keeping Olli Maatta Up!

Rob Rossi, Pittsburgh Penguins beat-writer from the Tribune Review, has just broke the news that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be keeping 19-year-old rookie defenceman Olli Maatta up with the team instead of sending him down to juniors. Rossi had just appeared on our Pens Initiative radio podcast the other night had said that the logical and safe choice for the Pens would be to send...
Via PensInitiative
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Is Olli Maatta And Why Is He So Awesome? by @LCJS

Olli Maatta is a rookie. Taken by the Penguins with their 2nd pick (22nd overall) in the 1st round of the 2012 Entry Draft, one may think that Derrick Pouliot (8th overall) would be the player getting first crack at the NHL. Watching Maatta play, however, will quell that thought. Maatta could have been taken by the Pens in that 8th spot and nobody would have batted an eye...
Via PensInitiative
October 11, 2013  |  Discuss
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