Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Olli Maatta
Olli Maatta was born on August 22, 1994 in Jyvaskyla, Finland. The 6’2 defensman was developing his skills in Finland and the OHL’s London Knights when he was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing in some of the junior leagues in Finland, Maatta elected to come to North America to play in the OHL so he can learn the North American style of game. When he arrived in London to play for the Knights, he helped the Knights 48-18-1 record and then leading them through the playoffs to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup, which assured their birth into the 2012 Memorial Cup Tournament. During that tournament, the Knights would go all the way to the finals where they would eventually lose to the Shawinigan Cataractes.

The following season, Maatta would help the Knights get back to their glory from the year before. London would once again win the J. Ross Robertson Cup, however they would fall once again in the semi-finals of the 2013 Memorial Cup to the Portland Winterhawks.

At the conclusion of his OHL career, the Penguins would welcome Maatta immediately into their line up for the 2013-14 season. In his rookie season, Maatta would have a strong impact on the Penguins’ blueline where he would score 9 goals and 29 points in 78 games.

The expectations were higher for Maatta going into his sophomore season, however his health and injuries came into question. On October 27, 2014 it was announced that he would undergo surgery to remove a tumor in his neck which resulted in him missing two weeks of action. He would also miss time due to the mumps and a nagging shoulder injury, which eventually ended his season.

Maatta would appear in 67 regular-season games for the Penguins during the 2015-16 season. He scored six times and added 13 assist. Maatta also suited up in 18 post-season games for club, helping the Penguins to the fourth Stanley Cup title in franchise history. Mattaa would suit up in 55 games the following season as well as all 25 of the Penguins' post-season contests, helping Pittsburgh to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

On the international stage, Maatta has represented his native Finland five times during his career, highlighted by an Olympic Bronze Medal in 2014.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2009-10 JyP Jyvaskyla U18 Fin-U18 2 0 0 0 2
2009-10 JyP Jyvaskyla Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 1 1 0
2010-11 Suomi U20 Finland-2 2 0 2 2 2
2010-11 JyP Jyvaskyla U18 Fin-U18 1 0 0 0 0
2010-11 D Team Jyvaskyla Finland-2 23 1 5 6 6
2010-11 JyP Jyvaskyla Jr. Fin-Jr. 19 2 6 8 8 12 1 4 5 6
2010-11 Finland WJ18-A 6 1 3 4 0 +4
2011-12 London Knights OHL 58 5 27 32 25 +25 19 6 17 23 2
2011-12 Finland WJC-A 1 0 0 0 0 -2
2011-12 London Knights M-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
2012-13 London Knights OHL 57 8 30 38 30 +9 21 4 10 14 8
2012-13 Finland WJC-A 5 1 2 3 2 0
2012-13 London Knights M-Cup 5 0 2 2 0
2012-13 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 3 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 9 20 29 14 +8 13 0 4 4 0
2013-14 Finland Olympics 6 3 2 5 0 +1
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 1 8 9 10 +1
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 6 13 19 22 +27 18 0 7 7 4
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 1 6 7 12 +17 25 2 6 8 12
NHL Totals 220 17 47 64 58 56 2 17 19 16


OHL All-Rookie Team (2012) MIssed majority of 2014-15 due to shoulder injury vs. Ottawa, December 6, 2014.
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