The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta (OH-lee MA-TA) from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 National Hockey League Draft. Maatta's contract has an AAV of $4,083,333 and is signed through the 2021-22 season.
Maatta, a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2016 and 2017), recorded 14 points (1G, 13A), was third on the team with 116 blocked shots and logged 97 hits in 60 regular-season games during the 2018-19 season. He has skated in 69 postseason games in his career, scoring 21 points (2G, 19A).
Selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Maatta registered career bests in games played (82), assists (22) and hits (131) while also matching a single-season high with 29 points during the 2017-18 campaign. He notched a career-high nine goals in 78 regular-season games in his rookie season in 2013-14. Spanning six seasons in Pittsburgh, Maatta tallied 107 points (25G, 82A) in 362 regular-season games and blocked over 100 shots in a season four times.
The 24-year-old picked up seven helpers in helping the Penguins win the 2016 Stanley Cup. He skated in all 25 playoff games en route to winning the 2017 Stanley Cup, recording two goals and six assists.
A native of Jyväskylä, Finland, Maatta has represented his country in several international tournaments. He helped Finland capture the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics, tallying three goals and two assists in six games during the tournament. He played in three games during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Maatta also played for Finland in three separate IIHF World Junior Championships (2011-13).
Maatta was a two-time champion in the Ontario Hockey League with the London Knights, capturing the title in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, he was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team in 2012. He recorded 70 points (13G, 57A) in 115 regular-season games with the Knights, adding 10 markers and 27 assists in 40 OHL playoff games.
Kahun recorded 37 points (13G, 24A) in 82 games with the Blackhawks last year, his first season in the NHL.