Rasmus Ristolainen

Paul Zwambag

2015-05-26

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Rasmus Ristolainen, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 207

Born: 1994-10-27

Hometown: Turku, FIN

Drafted: 2013 by Buffalo Sabres, 8th Overall

 

Observations:

May 2015 – Ristolainen played a full year of hockey in the NHL for the 2014-2015 Season. He finished with 8 goals, 12 assists and 20 points in 78 games (9 points in his last 13 games of the season). His plus/minus was 6th worst in the league at minus-32, to be fair, there were seven Sabres in the bottom 30. So it shouldn't be a black flag on his young NHL career. When Buffalo gets better, his plus/minus will be the first stat to right the ship. He had an average time on ice of 20:37 per game, and exactly 2 minutes of that was played on the powerplay. Ristolainen is developing at a very quick pace; his big stature and quick puck mobility will lead him to top powerplay minutes in the near future. Rasmus will be a great addition to your fantasy team next year as a late, maybe even last, round pick to slot into your 4th or 5th defensemen spot. Ristolainen was disappointingly left off the World Championship team for Finland. He had a real good chance to showcase his skill with a good Finnish team. Paul Zwambag

 

March 2014 – Ristolainen was recalled on an emergency basis March 15th after injuries to two Sabres regulars, Tyler Myers and Alexander Sulzer. Ristolainen is one of the top defensive prospects in the NHL but as far as the fantasy game goes it may take some time for him to polish up his offensive side. When trying to project Ristolainen think similar to Victor Hedman. It has taken Hedman five years and he just now seems to have finally arrived. Look for the Sabres to continue to give some of their top prospects a look as they head down the stretch of what has been a trying season. Travis Watson

 

January 2014 – Ristolainen finished the 2014 World Juniors with three goals but none bigger then his third, a gold medal clinching overtime winner versus the host Swedes. Ristolainen broke in off the bench and drove hard to the net to score the golden goal midway through overtime to send his Finnish teammates into a frenzy. This was Finland’s first medal since 2006, first gold since 1998 and only the third gold medal in the nations history of the World Junior Championships. Ristolainen for his efforts was named to the WJC All-Star team and awarded the Directorate Award for Best Defenseman of the 2014 World Junior Championships. Sabres management must be thrilled for Ristolainen and will be looking for him to bring that impact back with him to Rochester and hopefully Buffalo very soon. Travis Watson

 

December 2013 – Rasmus Ristolainen is one of seven defensemen selected to Finland's Under-20 World Junior roster for the upcoming Championships in Malmo, Sweden. When Ristolainen was released by the Sabres to compete in the World Juniors it was like Finland was getting an early Christmas present. He should help bring a calm steady presence to back-end where he will bring with him some NHL experience to help his less experienced teammates. Travis Watson

 

December 2013 – Ristolainen, the 8th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has been selected to Finland’s 2014 World Junior Selection Camp roster. Finland is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 showing and will look to Ristolainen to hel