Knights’ Maata picked in first round of NHL Draft
London Community News
The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected London Knights’ defenceman Olli Maatta with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The Jyvaskyla, Finland native led all rookie defenseman in the OHL with 32 points (5 goals and 27 points) in 58 games and led all Ontario Hockey League defenceman in playoff points with 32.
Maatta became the first Finnish player to play for their World Junior team at the age of 16 since 1998. He's also represented Finland at the World Under-18 Championship.
Other picks in the draft out of the Knights’ camp included Chris Tierney picked in the second round (55th overall) by the San Jose Sharks, right wing Josh Anderson selected in the fourth round (95th overall) by the Colombus Blue Jackets, centreman Andreas Athanasiou chosen in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Detroit Red Wings, centreman Seth Griffith picked up in the fifth round (131st overall) by the Boston Bruins and centreman Ryan Rupert selected is the sixth round (157th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs.