Olli Maatta’s Calder Race – And the Case For Recognizing Good Defense (Originally for The Pink Puck)

ollimaattacalderOlli Maatta, to put it lightly,  is having a good season.

The 19-year-old Penguins phenom has exceeded any expectations anyone may have had of him coming into the season. Maatta so far has racked up 28 points (9G, 19A), with scoring often coming at key moments. He is +11 on the season and has been a mainstay on the Pens constantly-injured blue line, missing only one game so far as a healthy scratch (knock on wood), while logging heavy minutes (average of over 20 a game), often as part of the top defensive pairing along with Matt Niskanen and on both the powerplay and penalty kill. And that is to say nothing of his Olympic record (2G, 3A, and a bronze medal).

So why isn’t he a front runner for the Calder, the NHL’s annual award for best rookie of the year?

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One response to “Olli Maatta’s Calder Race – And the Case For Recognizing Good Defense (Originally for The Pink Puck)

  1. I think it’s pretty cool that you write articles on hockey 😀 I’ve always been interested in the sport, but never really taken the time to become attentive to its teams/players. I certainly hadn’t known about any of the awards you mentioned here! You may have just inspired me to wide my awareness 😀 Very cool article! Also, I’m dropping in as a RECorder saying hello 🙂 I hope to see you around HR in the near future as well! 😀 Cheers!

    PS – My name on HR is Psalmist, in case you were wondering. There was a RECord that I looked at which ended up bringing me your way. Cool beach footage! Have a good one 😀

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