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Rasmus Ristolainen

22-Year-Old Defenseman – Buffalo Sabres

2016-17 NHL Stats

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12

2016-17 NHL Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Ristolainen is the Sabres’ undisputed No. 1 defenseman, and perhaps the best young blueliner in the league. The 21-year-old appeared in all 82 games last season, averaging 25 minutes per contest and often quarterbacking both power-play units. He's one of the shiniest stars i...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 203   DOB: 10/27/1994   BORN: Turku, Finland   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #8 Overall in 2013   Show ContractHide Contract

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Rasmus Ristolainen Contract Information:

Signed a six-year contract with the Sabres worth $5.4 million annually in October of 2016.

December 6, 2016  –  Rasmus Ristolainen News

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Ristolainen handed out two assists and scored the game-winner on an overtime power play against Edmonton on Tuesday.

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Rasmus Ristolainen NHL Stats
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  Overall Power Play Defense
Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2013-14 18 NHL BUF 34 2 2 4 -15 6 52 3.8 0 0 19:07 0 0 0 1:39 66 32
2013-14 18 AHL ROC 34 6 14 20 -2 22 1 4
2014-15 19 NHL BUF 78 8 12 20 -32 26 121 6.6 0 0 20:37 4 5 9 2:00 118 136
2015-16 20 NHL BUF 82 9 32 41 -21 33 202 4.5 1 0 25:17 4 17 21 3:08 139 137
2016-17 21 NHL BUF 26 1 15 16 -5 12 63 1.6 1 0 26:42 1 10 11 3:33 71 51
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#1Right Defenseman
  1. Rasmus Ristolainen
  2. Cody Franson
  3. Taylor Fedun  DTD
  4. Zach Bogosian  OUT
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2016-17 Time On Ice Stats

26:42

Average Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 26:42.

3:33

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 3:33 during power plays.

3:18

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 3:18 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2014-15 20:37 2:00 1:19
2015-16 25:17 3:08 2:38
2016-17 26:42 3:33 3:18

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2016-17 NHL Game Log   Rasmus Ristolainen
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Dec 6 EDM 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 4 4 29:58 4:47
Dec 5 @WAS 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 11 3 29:51 2:57
Dec 3 BOS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 4 2 29:09 3:47
Dec 1 NYR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 1 26:32 2:07
Nov 29 @OTT 0 2 2 -1 0 0 2 0 3 0.0 3 3 27:54 4:45
Nov 25 @WAS 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 4 3 27:26 6:34
Nov 23 DET 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 3 1 29:02 2:05
Nov 21 CGY 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 3 2 24:57 4:13
Nov 19 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 2 29:56 5:18
Nov 17 TAM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 3 29:53 6:55
Nov 15 @STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 27:37 4:51
Nov 12 @NJD 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 27:15 0:00
Nov 11 NJD 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 1 24:48 1:42
Nov 9 OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 4 0 29:57 2:38
Nov 7 @BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 3 21:16 3:59
Nov 5 @OTT 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 5 25:54 1:15
Nov 3 TOR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 1 25:29 2:57
Nov 1 @MIN 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 25:18 1:08
Oct 30 @WPG 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 2 26:23 1:07
Oct 29 FLA 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 2 2 24:02 3:15
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Oct 27 MIN 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 5 0.0 5 0 26:43 2:45
Oct 25 @PHI 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 2 0 25:16 2:31
Oct 20 @VAN 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 23:28 4:06
Oct 18 @CGY 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 2 4 26:04 4:34
Oct 16 @EDM 0 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 2 0.0 1 4 26:43 5:51
Oct 13 MON 0 1 1 -2 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 2 1 23:17 6:20

Rasmus Ristolainen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ristolainen picked up two power-play assists and three shots on goal during Tuesday's 5-4 win against Ottawa.

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Ristolainen failed to register a shot on net and played a season-low 21:16 during Monday's loss to the Bruins.

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Ristolainen contributed three assists in Sunday's win over Edmonton.

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Ristolainen agreed to terms on a new six-year contract with the Sabres on Tuesday worth an annual average value of $5.4 million, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports.

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As of Tuesday, Ristolainen is still not close to signing a new deal, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.

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Ristolainen was granted permission to practice with the team Thursday even though he has yet to sign a contract extension, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

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Ristolainen, who is averaging well over 20 minutes per game for Team Finland at the World Cup, expects to play a big role again for the Sabres this year, The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen told reporters he does not expect to re-sign with Buffalo prior to the World Cup of Hockey, Sami Hoffren of Finland's Urheilusanomat reports.

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Ristolainen was extended a qualifying offer by the Sabres on Monday.

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Ristolainen, who just finished his third pro season as a 21-year-old, is the Sabres' de facto top defenseman, WGR 550 reports.

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Ristolainen finished with nine goals and 32 assists to lead all Buffalo defensemen in scoring.

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Ristolainen tallied an assist in Monday's loss to the Red Wings.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Despite his ugly minus-32 rating and rather meager total of 20 points in 78 games last season, the 20-year-old Finn is Buffalo's blue-chip defenseman and a player expected to take a big leap forward in 2015-16. With a thin blue line, the Sabres can't protect Ristolainen, but given his size, skill, and how well he's handled the pressure so far, there shouldn't be much to worry about as he continues to develop. He's locked in as one of the team's top-four defensemen and could be an intriguing late-round fantasy target.

2014-15

The 19-year-old Ristolainen is Buffalo’s top-rated young player on defense, and will likely remain with Buffalo for the entire season in 2014-2015. Though his production was muted in his 34 games with the Sabres last season, Ristolainen was a key player for the team’s AHL affiliate in Rochester, scoring 20 points in 34 games. Ristolainen is at the forefront of the Sabres’ rebuild and is poised to make a greater impact this season. There will be growing pains as Ristolainen develops into a franchise defenseman, but if everything goes right, he should emerge as the Sabres’ best defenseman by season’s end.

2013-14

Keeper leaguers should familiarize themselves with Ristolainen, the 8th overall pick in June�s NHL Draft. The 6�3� defenseman is expected to compete for a spot with the Sabres this fall after posting 15 points in 52 games for Turku in the Finnish league last season. Ristolainen is one of the top prospects among defensemen in all of hockey, with strong mobility and a cannon from the point. Since Ristolainen is just 18 years old, you should temper your expectations in one-year leagues, but be ready to pounce if he makes the big club and starts strong.