Pens’ Maatta out against Wild on Saturday


The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Minnesota Wild on Saturday without promising young defenseman Olli Maatta.

The team didn’t provide details regarding why the 19-year-old isn’t playing, aside from the fact that it’s an undisclosed injury and that an update will be provided after the game.

Update: He’s considered day-to-day.

It’s been quite the debut season for the Finnish defenseman. He has 29 points, a 9 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 75 games played. He also received some valuable experience helping Finland win a bronze medal in Sochi.

If this isn’t a serious issue, this injury break may be a blessing in disguise, as he’s already had a busy first season at the NHL level and could face an extended playoff run to boot.