Joel Määttä

Born: 2002-07-06

Team: Sioux City (USHL)

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

Height / Weight: 6-2 / 192


Määttä centered the first line for the Sioux City Musketeers in a tight 4-3 loss to the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He was tough to play against in the sense that he was physical and relentless in puck pursuit. He finished his checks and applied stick pressure effectively. He had a very strong physical presence. He made smart and simple plays with the puck to push the game in the right direction – his puck movement wasn’t flashy, though. He did assist Musketeers’ first goal. He caused a turnover with a strong stick, received the puck from his teammate and dished it to the high slot. Furthermore, Määttä scored tying 3-3 goal in the third period as he went hard to the net and put the rebound home from the doorstep. He showed signs of improvement in his skating from last season, his first few strides were a tad quicker and he looked more agile in tight spaces. There was a lot to like about the 6’2″ center, who is a solid bet to be selected in the 2020 NHL Draft.


The 2002 born center played on the second line alongside Jere Henriksson and Niko Kautiainen. Määttä had a solid game and came up big in the second period, scoring the second Jokerit goal with a strong power move to the net. He possesses deceptive acceleration and can leave defensemen in the dust when he’s at full speed. He read the game well away from the puck and he took time and space away from opponents. He did not make many flashy plays but he does have good passing skills. A competitive forward, Määttä is at his best when playing an intensive game.


Määttä centered Jokerit’s third line in his seventh U18 game of the season. While the 6-1 forward had a somewhat quiet performance offensively, he did play a solid two-way game. He drew a penalty to Blues in the second period as he accelerated with the puck in the neutral zone and got tripped. He played a strong physical game and finished his checks on a regular basis. Showcased good passing skills and situational awareness. Määttä moved quite well, especially for a player of his size. His backwards skating needs some improvement, but he’s a solid skater who gets up and down the ice well.


Määttä had a very solid game for Jokerit U20 in a 5-4 loss to HIFK. The 16-year-old center played on the fourth line and was able to more than keep up with the pace. He was on the ice late in the game when his team was down by two goals. He assisted the fourth Jokerit goal with a nifty pass to the slot from below the goal line. Määttä displayed a lot of skill and great puck control in tight spaces. He can be an offensive threat even when having limited space to make plays. His skating is impressive for a player of his age, he’s got very good mobility and good top speed, too. Showed a high compete level, battling hard along the boards and getting his stick on the puck. Määttä’s blend of skill, speed and competitiveness makes him an intriguing prospect.