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Maatta, 19, is now the second first-round pick of the Pens in 2012 that needed a shoulder operation. Prospect defenseman Derrick Pouliot underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday.
This is unfortunate news for Pittsburgh, who just seem to be receiving bad information by the minute. Hopefully, Maatta’s timetable doesn’t derail him, and he can return at the start of next season, because if he can’t, Pittsburgh’s defense will look extremely thin.
Making the team at the start of the season – in part due to Kris Letang’s early injury – Maatta remained in the pros, and exceeded every expectation. Earning a spot on Team Finland for the Winter Games and performing in all but four tilts for Pittsburgh, Maatta was durable, and surprisingly poised for a teenager.
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