Olli Maatta, D, London Knights (OHL)
Blue Jackets blog The Cannon profiled Maatta back in May.
Olli's adaptation to the smaller North American rinks has been another positive in what has been a fine season thus far. His consistency as a puck moving defender, something always desirable for the Jackets, can be documented reasonably well over the past few seasons as his assists to goals ratio hovers around 3:1. Currently, the 17 year old at 6'2" and just over 200 pounds, asserts that he will continue to develop physically and claims any added mass won't affect his skating. He draws on fellow countrymen Teppo Numminen and Kimmo Timonen as inspiration, if not outright role models.
Next on the clock are the Ottawa Senators via our friends Silver Seven.