Olli Maatta has played well thus far and he certainly looks like an NHL defenseman. Now it looks like he'll be one for a while. From Rob Rossi at the Trib:
The Penguins will allow Maatta, a 19-year-old defenseman, to play in more than nine games, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review.
That decision was reached before Maatta's pivotal role on the tying goal in the Penguins' 4-3 shootout victory over Vancouver at Consol Energy Center on Saturday afternoon.
Maatta, the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in his eighth game. He cannot play in more than nine games without this season counting as the first of an entry-level contract.
Rossi also mentions that if Maatta plays 40 games with the Pens this year it will count as an "accrued season." That means Maatta could become an unrestricted free agent after the 2019-2020 season.
It will be interesting to see what will happen with the Pens' defense when Letang comes back.