There has been no indication that the Penguins plan to return rookie defenseman Olli Maatta to his junior team in London Ontario anytime soon but coach Dan Bylsma said no decision on Maatta's immediate future has been finalized either.

"We'll have three days to make a full evaluation of that situation" Bylsma said.

Maatta has dressed for the first nine games. If he plays in another -- the first opportunity will be Friday when the New York Islanders visit Consol Energy Center -- the first season of his three-year entry-level contract will take effect.

Maatta has been impressive at both ends of the ice although Bylsma said the team's bounty of defensemen -- a group that will grow with the expected return of Kris Letang from injury soon -- will have an impact on management's decision about whether to keep him.

"The possibility of us returning to full health on the back end here shortly will play in that" he said.

"The sheer number of defensemen we have will play into it as well."

If the Penguins keep Maatta they will monitor how he performs and holds up as the season progresses.

Maatta acknowledged that the NHL season is more of a grind than he has experienced.

"If I'm going to be here it's going to be different" he said. "Eighty-two games is going to be a lot."