Pittsburgh Penguins rookie sensation Olli Maatta will be out for the next four-six months after undergoing successful shoulder surgery, according to interim general manager Jason Botterill.
Maatta was one of the top rookies in the NHL this season as the first-year defenseman and had 29 points in 78 games at just 19 years old. Maatta was also an instrumental part in Finland winning the bronze at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Despite the Penguins being upset in the postseason for the fifth straight season, he had four assists in 13 postseason contests before the Penguins were ousted in seven games by the New York Rangers.
This is another tough blow for the Penguins who fired their general manager Ray Shero and still may part ways with head coach Dan Bylsma, but if Maatta is a quick healer then he won’t have to miss any regular season action, however if the recovery is closer to the six month timeline, then he could miss the first month of the regular season.
Adding to the Penguins injury woes is that Derrick Pouliot, the club’s top defensive prospect, also required surgery on his shoulder earlier this week and is expected to be out for four-six months as well.