Pens’ Maatta out against Wild on Saturday

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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.

https://twitter.com/penguins/status/452636374047272960

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.