Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was scartched three times in four postseason games. Maatta was horrendous in Game 1 against the New York Islanders and he was one of the reasons why Pittsburgh got off to wrong foot in the playoffs and then eventually got swept.
Because of his lack of speed and ability to play defense at various moments, General Manager Jim Rutherford had enough and he traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and forward Dominik Kahun.
Maatta is 24 years old and he was a first-round pick (22th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has underachieved big time with his time here in Pittsburgh. In 60 games last season, Olli Maatta only scored one goal and recorded 13 assists. His plus/minus was 9.
In 362 career games, he has scored 25 goals and recorded 82 assists. His plus/minus is 61.
In 69 career postseason games, Maatta has scored two goals and recorded 19 assists. His plus/minus was 21.
Olli Maatta’s plus/minus in that playoff game against the New York Islanders on the road was -2.
He still has three years remaining on his contact and Maatta will be owed $4.083 million each season. The Pittsburgh Penguins are happy that they were able to get his contract off the books.
Dominik Kahun is 23 years old and he was a rookie last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. His position is a centerman, but Kahun is expected to be a winger with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 82 games last season, he scored 13 goals and recorded 24 assists. His plus/minus was 10.
A lot of Chicago Blackhawks fans weren’t not happy with this trade and I don’t blame them. Dominik Kahun is a very good skater and he also has very good skill. Kahun’s potential is there and it is possible he could have a breakout year next season in Pittsburgh.
As for Olli Maatta, he gets a fresh start and maybe Maatta could exceed expectations for himself because he was supposed to be a stud as an offensive defenseman but Olli Maata never lived up to that reputation.
This is only the beginning for a potential busy offseason for General Manager Jim Rutherford in Pittsburgh and Stan Bowman in Chicago.