On Day 6, we highlight new Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, Olli Maatta.
We are less than a week away from the start of the 2019-20 NHL season. The Chicago Blackhawks will have plenty of new faces out there on the ice.
One such new face will be on the blue line. Defenseman Olli Maatta came over from the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade that sent Dominik Kahun to the Pens.
Player Spotlight: Olli Maatta
Olli Maatta is only 24 years old, and yet, he has already played 362 games in the NHL over 6 seasons.
Maatta has won 2 Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has a lot of experience, even though he is so young. However, Maatta has also had a lot of injury issues in the past.
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Olli Maatta is not the fastest player in the NHL. He is actually very far from it. Maatta has a good shot and a great hockey IQ.
Throughout a lot of the preseason, Maatta played alongside defenseman Brent Seabrook, creating a juggernaut of a defensive pairing.
Maatta has something to prove this year with the Blackhawks, having had injury struggles the last few years.
Olli Maatta was a first round draft pick back in 2014, going from one of the top prospects in the NHL, to a Stanley Cup champion, to an injury reserve regular lights a fire under you. Hopefully, he can prove himself with the Blackhawks.
The defense is going to be talked about a lot heading into the new season, so the Blackhawks are going to need to have some reliable faces out there, like Olli Maatta.
Hopefully, the Blackhawks defense picked up on Jeremy Colliton’s system after a full offseason with Colliton in charge.
In just 6 days, we will learn what kind of impact Olli Maatta will have on the Chicago Blackhawks.