Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Ristolainen
23-Year-Old D
2017–18 NHL Stats
2018–19 NHL Projections
G
6
A
35
PP Pts
23
+/-
-25
PIM
48
G
A
PP Pts
+/-
PIM
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Every season the Sabres promise to scale back Ristolainen's minutes, but they always end up breaking that promise because of a thin blue line. However, the 23-year-old continues to show a veteran's consistency, scoring at least 40 points and averaging more than 25 minutes f... read more
Every season the Sabres promise to scale back Ristolainen's minutes, but they always end up breaking that promise because of a thin blue line. However, the 23-year-old continues to show a veteran's consistency, scoring at least 40 points and averaging more than 25 minutes for the third straight season. Even with the addition of top pick Rasmus Dahlin -- given Ristolainen's experience and what he's accomplished so far -- it's unlikely he'll be unseated as the team's No. 1 defenseman right away. There have been flashes where it seems like the heavy workload has started to wear on Ristolainen, but he's been quite resilient so far. With an improved team and one more year of experience, a fourth straight 40-point season is certainly possible. Even with an ugly plus-minus Ristolainen's an underrated multi-category defenseman in fantasy who's among the league's top 25.
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6'4"   WT: 218 lbs.   DOB: 10/27/1994   Drafted: 1st Rd, #8 Overall in 2013Show Contract
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Rasmus Ristolainen Contract Info:
Signed a six-year contract with the Sabres worth $5.4 million annually in October of 2016.
Bags three power-play apples in road win
DBuffalo Sabres
April 1, 2018
Ristolainen dished on three goals in Saturday's 7-4 road win over the Predators, with all of those assists earned on the Buffalo power play.
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Rasmus Ristolainen NHL Stats
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Rasmus Ristolainen 2017–18 NHL Game Log
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Rasmus Ristolainen 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Right Defenseman
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2017–18 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    26:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:46
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2015–16
25:17
3:08
2:38
2016–17
26:28
3:12
2:59
2017–18
26:30
3:41
2:46
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
2018–19
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2013–14
  1. Rasmus Ristolainen 2018–19 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Rasmus Ristolainen 2017–18 Preseason 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 the powerplay, and killing penalties. The sky’s the limit for Ristolainen, who’s arrow should continue pointing up on a team that looks vastly improved on paper, and he remains Buffalo’s undisputed No. 1 defenseman. It would not be a surprise to see Ristolainen crack double-digit goals while registering his third consecutive 40-point season. Ristolainen is the present and future of the Sabres’ blue line, and it’s not unreasonable to expect him to be a top-10 scorer among defensemen. He also improved his rating to minus-9 last year (from minus-21 the year before and minus-32 the year before that); it'll be huge for his fantasy value if Ristolainen can get himself to the positive side of the ledger in 2017-18.
  3. Rasmus Ristolainen 2016–17 Preseason 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 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.
  4. Rasmus Ristolainen 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Rasmus Ristolainen 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Rasmus Ristolainen 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    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.
Rasmus Ristolainen News Updates
Power-play success continues
DBuffalo Sabres
March 15, 2018
Ristolainen finished with a power-play assist and a game-high eight shots in Thursday's 5-2 loss to Toronto.
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Dishes two helpers in win over Toronto
DBuffalo Sabres
March 5, 2018
Ristolainen registered two assists, five blocked shots, a five-minute major penalty for fighting and a plus-3 rating during Monday's 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Tallies two points
DBuffalo Sabres
February 22, 2018
Ristolainen picked up a goal and a power-play assist in a 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings on Thursday.
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Logs season-high ice time against Ducks
DBuffalo Sabres
February 7, 2018
Ristolainen played 32:39 against the Ducks on Tuesday.
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