Pittsburgh Penguins Youth Movement: Top 5 Under 25

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Apr 9, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman

Olli Maatta

(3) skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1. Olli Maatta

What else can be said about Olli Maatta?

The kid is simply unbelievable.

Despite only being 20 years old, Maatta has already cemented himself as one of the Pens’ best defenseman with his veteran poise, elite decision-making, and high-end skill with the puck on his stick.

Maatta wasn’t tabbed to be an immediate NHL-er upon being drafted 22nd overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but after getting the call in his rookie year due to injuries and subsequently posting 29 points in 78 games, the young Finn has proved he has what it takes to hang with the big boys.

His ability to play in a manner well beyond his years earned Maatta an opportunity to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi where, despite being one of the youngest members of the Finnish squad, he played a key role in leading the team to a bronze medal.

Though Maatta’s 2014-15 season was cut short by a shoulder injury that will require surgery, he’s already proven that he is the future of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If this is how good he looks at age 20, after only one season in the league, it’s hard to imagine just how dominant he could be once he reaches his prime.

As long as Maatta keeps doing what he’s doing, the Pens’ blue line is sure to be in good hands.

What do you think, Pens fans?