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Season Preview: Olli Maatta – A League Of Their Own

Olli Maatta as a Tom Hanks movie Just because Olli Maatta is that good. Geena Davis dropped the ball on purpose, and it ruined the whole movie. Your little sister lives in your shadow her whole life, and instead of making her work to beat you, you just let her win. That’s not the way to do it. Might have to do Bill Pullman previews next season. His creds include “A League...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Maatta Sent To WBS, Sundqvist Recalled

By Larry Snyder To be under the National Hockey League salary cap by 5 p.m., the Pittsburgh Penguins assigned 21-year-old defenseman Olli Maatta to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound member of the blue line crew led the Black and Gold in the preseason with a plus-7 in four contests. The native of Jyvaskyla, Finland...
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Pens Level Of Success Rides On Defense

Olli Maatta (photo: Gregory Shamus NHLI)The 2015-2016 Pittsburgh Penguins are going to score goals.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Olli Maatta Returns To Penguins Lineup Two Weeks After Having Tumor Removed

Two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is returning to the lineup. The 20-year-old blue-liner confirmed after the team’s morning skate in Montreal that he’ll play against the Canadiens on Tuesday night. “I look at it as a bump on the road,” Maatta told the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review. “It...
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

HotTake Tuesday: Maatta, Malkin and More.

Welcome to HotTake Tuesday, yinz! Today we’ll be covering some topics in the beginning of the post and get to your questions in the latter half.  So grab a nice hot cup of coffee, sit back, dig in, and enjoy this week’s serving of HotTakes. How much does Olli Maatta Mean to the Penguins? Richter: What an unbelievable kid. We knew he was poised by seeing him become a full...
Via The PensNation
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
September 02, 2014  |  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...
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...
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...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

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