Olli Maatta put up 32 points and a plus-25 rating in 58 games with the OHL Champion London Knights in 2011-12, his first season in North America. However, many scouts believe the Jyvaskyla, Finland native’s biggest asset may be his play in his own end of the rink. Maatta was selected No. 1 overall by the Knights in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, and represented Finland at the 2012 World Junior Championships before suffering a concussion in the first game of the tournament. The 6’2”, 202-pound defenseman produced more offense when it mattered most, tying for the team lead with 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 19 postseason games.
Ludvig Bystrom split the 2011-12 season between Modo’s Under-20 team and its senior team, playing 54 games overall. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native also suited up for his home country in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, World Jr. A Challenge and Under-18 World Junior Championships. Bystrom’s skating, passing, defensive play and ability to win 50/50 battles has many scouts impressed, but the 6’1”, 187-pound defenseman is more of a project player who probably won’t be ready for the NHL for a couple of years.
Ryan Strome, Islanders first round pick in 2011 Olli Maatta had a good stretch there at the end when [London] knocked us out of the playoffs. He’s really good with the puck, a good skater and likes to jump up in the rush. He played well against us and he burned us a few times. Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Olli Maatta is a decent sized, mobile, puck-moving defenseman. He sees and reads the game fairly well.
Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development Ludvig Bystrom is a skilled, efficient passing defender. He skates well and is usually in good position in his own end of the rink.