The Pittsburgh Penguins and General Manager Ray Shero are reportedly going to keep defensive prospect Olli Maatta on the active roster, according to the teams’ twitter handle.
Maatta, 19, has played extremely well since making the opening day roster and given the organization no choice but to make him a permanent fix on the team this year.
Here is what Shero reportedly had to say regarding the situation:
“Based on his play, we believe this is the best decision for Olli and the Penguins. We want to thank Mark and Dale Hunter and the London Knights for their patience and understanding.”
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound defenseman has performed well beyond his years, and has forced the organization to do nothing but keep him in the lineup for the forseeable future.
Now that he will remain on the team, his three-year entry-level contract will commence, and should he play into 40 games he’ll be able to become an unrestricted free agent one-year sooner.
In nine contests for Pittsburgh this season, Maatta has registered three points (1G, 2A) and is skating to a minus-1 rating.
He’ll more than likely suit up against the New York Islanders tomorrow night at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The game can be seen on the ROOT Network, and is set to start at 7 p.m.