Sunday, October 4, 2020

Olli Maatta Jersey Card

Once a top prospect selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins and a two-time Stanley Cup winner while with the organization, 26-year-old Olli Maatta has now been traded twice in two off-seasons, the latest sending him from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Los Angeles Kings.

Injuries seem to have slowed his offensive progress, and the player who was once counted on for 30+ points should now be expected to produce between 15 and 25, but his very good defensive play should keep him in a middle-pair role for the duration of his current deal, which lasts for two more seasons. He was, after all, the Hawks' best player in the post-season, finishing with a +7 (with 3 goals, 3 assists and 6 points in 9 games) despite the team only making it to the first round.

In L.A., Maatta will be part of a defense corps that is mostly in their mid-20s, with Ben Hutton (26), Kurtis MacDermid (25), Matt Roy (24), Joakim Ryan (26) and Sean Walker supporting star defender Drew Doughty (30) and young gun Mikey Anderson (20).

Internationally, he has suited up for Team Finland at the World U18s (2011), three World Juniors (2011-13), the Olympics (2014) and the World Cup (2016), with Olympic gold to show for it, as he was dominant in posting 5 points in 6 games, including the nail in the coffin goal taht secured the medal against Team USA.

Here he is wearing the Pens' 2000s white (away) uniform, on card #GJ-OM from Upper Deck's 20106-17 Series 1 set and UD Game Jersey sub-set:
It features a "Vegas gold" game-worn jersey swatch.

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