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Rasmus Ristolainen

23-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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Rasmus Ristolainen Contract Information:

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

December 1, 2017  –  Rasmus Ristolainen News

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Ristolainen (undisclosed) was not included on the Sabres' injury report as of Friday.

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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 20 0 7 7 -7 8 56 0.0 0 0 27:14 0 2 2 4:00 57 37
2017-18 Proj 22 NHL BUF 81 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Rasmus Ristolainen

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Rasmus Ristolainen – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Right Defenseman
  1. Rasmus Ristolainen
  2. Zach Bogosian
  3. Victor Antipin
  4. Nathan Beaulieu  DTD
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2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

27:14

Average Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 27:14.

4:00

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 4:00 during power plays.

3:22

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Rasmus Ristolainen was on the ice for 3:22 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 27:14 4:00 3:22

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2017-18 NHL Game Log   Rasmus Ristolainen
Calculate Stats Over Any Time Period Just click on any two dates to see the totals.
Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Dec 8 CHI@CHI 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 5 31:44 2:28
Dec 5 COL@COL 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 1 30:42 4:52
Dec 2 PIT@PIT 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 1 28:11 4:30
Dec 1 PIT 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 3 22:35 4:12
Nov 28 TAM 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 2 2 25:09 2:56
Nov 25 MON@MON 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 5 4 25:49 2:06
Nov 24 EDM 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 3 6 27:32 4:26
Nov 22 MIN Did Not Play
Nov 20 CLM Did Not Play
Nov 18 CAR Did Not Play
Nov 17 DET@DET Did Not Play
Nov 14 PIT@PIT Did Not Play
Nov 11 MON@MON Did Not Play
Nov 10 FLA Did Not Play
Nov 7 WAS Did Not Play
Nov 4 DAL@DAL Did Not Play
Nov 2 ARI@ARI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 1 24:24 1:47
Oct 28 SAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 1 0 26:25 5:41
Oct 25 CLM@CLM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 25:45 1:26
Oct 24 DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 29:25 4:11
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Oct 21 BOS@BOS 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 7 2 29:40 3:02
Oct 20 VAN 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 1 28:37 4:03
Oct 17 VGK@VGK 0 1 1 -1 2 0 1 0 0 0.0 3 2 28:48 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, who took a nasty hit during Tuesday's loss to the Lightning, was spotted at Thursday's practice skating on his usual top pair, The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen (undisclosed) did not skate Wednesday morning, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen registered two helpers in Friday's 3-1 win over the Oilers.

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Ristolainen (upper body) will return for Friday's game against the Oilers, The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen (upper body) feels ready to play and hopes to return to the lineup later in the week, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.

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Ristolainen (upper body) is skating, but he's still considered week-to-week.

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Ristolainen (upper body) is on the injured reserve list, per the NHL's official media site.

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Coach Phil Housley indicated Thursday that Ristolainen (upper body) is considered week-to-week, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

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Ristolainen (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Capitals, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen (upper body) continues to be day-to-day, The Buffalo News reports.

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Ristolainen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and he's effectively been ruled out for Saturday's road contest against the Stars.

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Ristolainen (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for morning skate Saturday, ahead of a road game against the Stars.

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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.