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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oilers 2012 NHL Draft Watch "Olli Maatta"

REVS 2012 Prospects List (Oct 3rd/11)
1.Nail Yakupov
2.Mikhail Grigorenko
3.Ryan Murray
4.Alex Galchenyuk
5.Morgan Rielly
6.Mathew Dumba
7.Nick Ebert
8.Filip Forsberg
9.Griffin Reinhart
10.Martin Frk
11.Derrick Pouliot
12.Cody Ceci
13.Olli Maatta
14.Zemgus Girgensons
15.Jacob Trouba

Today we examine the #13 ranked player from REVS 2012 Prospects List . Each player is unique in their own right and full of talent. The ranking does not reflect a mock draft of who a team may actually pick but rather who I would place as the best player available in that spot.
Olli Matta
Pos: D
HT:6'2 ft
Born: Jyvaskyla, Finland
2011/2012 Games 33 G 1 A 16 PTS 17 Plus/Minus 14
Olli is a physical d-man who has good positioning and a good first pass. Usually plays with calmness and makes smart plays. Likes to skate the puck to the offensive zone. Olli also has a good shot and accurate too. His biggest asset is how consistent he is. Can play at all situations but his skating will need some work, lacks immediate acceleration and is a bit lacking in his pivots and turns
He was also the youngest player ever to make the Finland WJC team (same age as Reijo Ruotsalainen, Janne Niniimaa and Mikael Granlund, but with an August birthdate, younger than any of them) he played only sparingly (in last preliminary round game against Slovakia), but showed off why he was on the team in the first place. One NHL scout said: "He's two-way, all around defenseman. He does a little bit of everything and has a lot of enthusiasm. His first shift was full of excitement; he had courage to show up and play and he wasn't panicking with his feet."

Olli is London's top scoring defencemen along with Scott harrington (Penquins draft pick). Some who watch and observe his game say he is more of a quiet kind of guy but his teammates consider him more of a talkative young man inside the dressing room and off the ice.
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