The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Kevin Porter from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Forward Oskar Sundqvist has been re-assigned to WBS.
Maatta, 21, will be looking to play his first regular-season game tonight since Dec. 6 of last season. He missed the majority of last year’s campaign, first as a result of a cancerous tumor that required a surgical removal, and later because of a shoulder injury.
Maatta had nine points (1G-8A) and was plus-1 in the 20 games he did play last season, including a career-high three assists in Pittsburgh’s 6-4 season-opening defeat of Anaheim on Oct. 9.
Porter, 29, is in his first season in the Penguins organization. The former Hobey Baker Award winner at the University of Michigan has played 206 NHL regular-season games with Arizona, Colorado and Buffalo, totaling 29 goals, 26 assists and 55 points.
Pittsburgh plays its 2015-16 season opener tonight against the Dallas Stars at 8:30 p.m. on ROOT SPORTS and the Penguins’ official flagship radio station, 105.9 The X.