Pittsburgh Penguins take Olli Maatta with 22nd pick in 2012 NHL Entry Draft

 

 Maatta is a 6’2, 202 pound defenseman that plays for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

The Penguins selected Finnish prospect Olli Maatta with the 22nd pick in the NHL Entry Draft

A Finland native, Maatta is a solid, two-way defenseman who does not possess any significant deficiencies.

His excellent feet and agility allow him to stay with even the speediest of forwards, resulting in quality one-on-one defensive coverage and giving Maatta shutdown capabilities.

Maatta is an aggressive defender, as he takes away time and space from the opposing puck carrier by consistently closing the gap. Though he is not the type to stand up a player at the blue line, his strong frame and physical play make Maatta a tenacious defender along the boards.

His attack mentality and ability to push opponents off the puck both lead to continuous success in the defensive end. Maatta is also unwavering in his decision-making. He rapidly takes action whether he is in possession of the puck or pursuing it, though some might consider his getting rid of the puck so hastily at times a sign of impatience.

There is no shortfall in Maatta’s offensive game either. He can make a clean first pass out of his end to initiate the counterattack, join the rush, or carry the puck into the attacking zone himself. Maatta’s sufficient point shot and valuable passing skills provide him with key power play resources as well.