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Rasmus Ristolainen

22-Year-Old Defenseman – Buffalo Sabres

2017-18 NHL Stats

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2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

Ristolainen has increased his point total (45 last year) and ice time (26:28) for three straight seasons, establishing himself as one of the league’s best young defensemen. He simply does it all for the Sabres: playing against the opposition’s top forwards, quarterbacking th...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 218   DOB: 10/27/1994   BORN: Turku, Finland   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #8 Overall in 2013   Show ContractHide Contract

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

October 18, 2017  –  Rasmus Ristolainen News

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Ristolainen set up a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime road loss to the Golden Knights.

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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 79 6 39 45 -9 58 186 3.2 2 0 26:28 1 24 25 3:12 195 161
2017-18 22 NHL BUF 7 0 3 3 -5 4 15 0.0 0 0 26:58 0 2 2 4:03 22 10
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Rasmus Ristolainen – Playing Time Overview

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2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

26:58

Average Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 26:58.

4:03

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 4:03 during power plays.

3:05

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 3:05 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2015-16 25:17 3:08 2:38
2016-17 26:28 3:12 2:59
2017-18 26:58 4:03 3:05

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2017-18 NHL Game Log   Rasmus Ristolainen
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 17 VGK@VGK 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 3 2 28:46 3:16
Oct 15 ANA@ANA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 26:50 3:29
Oct 14 LOS@LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 6 1 28:12 3:16
Oct 12 SAN@SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0 2 0 26:56 3:41
Oct 9 NJD 0 1 1 -3 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 3 1 26:37 4:52
Oct 7 NYI@NYI 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 3 24:27 4:42
Oct 5 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 5 2 26:58 5:08

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

Ristolainen played over 26 minutes for the second straight game Thursday against San Jose, and also registered a team-high six shots on goal.

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The Sabres intend to address their leaky defense and better manage Ristolainen's minutes next season, Sportsnet reports.

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Ristolainen recorded a goal, three shots on net, three hits and a minor penalty during Wednesday's win over Montreal.

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Ristolainen has served his three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in a March 21 contest.

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Ristolainen was suspended three games Thursday for his interference play on Jake Guentzel.

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Ristolainen is scheduled to have a hearing with the league Thursday for his questionable hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel on Tuesday, per the NHL Department of Player Safety.

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Ristolainen was kicked out of Tuesday's game against the Penguins for a "hit on an unsuspecting player" -- in this case, a hit that gave Jake Guentzel a concussion that will likely cause the Pittsburgh forward to miss some time, The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen picked up an assist on the power play and added two blocked shots in Monday's 2-1 win against the Red Wings.

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Ristolainen had quite the odd stat line in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Flyers, recording a power-play assist, seven hits and four blocked shots against a minus-5 rating.

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Ristolainen picked up his 100th career point in Saturday's 3-2 win against the Blues.

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Ristolainen racked up five blocked shots in Monday's 2-1 road loss to the Devils.

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Head coach Dan Bylsma said Ristolainen's hard work is paying off and hinted that he could increase his ice time, WGR 550 reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017-18

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2016-17

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 in a golden era for Finnish hockey, having improved his point total to 41, with his 32 assists tying young star Jack Eichel for second place on the team. As the Sabres improve, so should Ristolainen’s plus-minus, which sits at a composite minus-68 after three seasons. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Ristolainen top the 50-point mark next year as the 6-foot-4 dynamo continues growing into one of the game's premier two-way defenders.

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.