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Rasmus Ristolainen | Defenseman | #55

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 203
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / BUF
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Rasmus Ristolainen had a monster of a game during Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Oilers.
In fact, he scored his first goal of the season and it was the overtime winner just 57 seconds into the frame. He also picked up a pair of helpers to give him 16 points in 26 games. Despite the otherwise lack of scoring, it would seem he's well on his way to break his career best of 41 points set last year. Dec 6 - 10:45 PM

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Rasmus Ristolainen has collected four assists in the past four games.

He recorded another helper on Monday night against Washington and he amassed a whopping 11 hits in 29:51 of ice time. Ristolainen has 13 assists in 25 games and it won't be much longer before he gets his first goal this season.
Dec 6 - 9:57 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen contributed two power-play assists in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators.

He accounted for just four assists in 14 games during the month of November, but could see a turnaround in December. The return of Jack Eichel energized Buffalo's offense, especially on the power play, and Ristolainen logged 4:45 of time on the man advantage in Tuesday's win.
Nov 30 - 10:08 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen earned an assist on Monday in a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames.

His power-play helper snapped a seven-game scoring drought. Ristolainen has collected nine assists in 19 games this season, with seven coming on the man advantage, but he is still looking for his first goal.
Nov 22 - 9:40 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen played in his 200th career NHL game Thursday night.

It was also his 22nd birthday so he became the fourth-youngest player to reach 200 NHL games with the Sabres. Pierre Turgeon holds the distinction of the youngest when he played his 200th contest on Jan. 11, 1990 against Calgary when he was 20 years, 136 days old. Ristolainen has 71 points in his career, including six assists in six matches this season.
Oct 28 - 9:31 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen had himself a game on Sunday night, pitching in three assists to help the Sabres clobber Edmonton 6-2.

The 21-year-old star now has four points through the first two games of the season. Ristolainen's primary fault is his plus-minus rating, which is -69 on his career. He's -1 through the first two games of the year.
Oct 16 - 10:41 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen earned an assist in Buffalo's 4-1 loss to Montreal on Thursday.

Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart combined to set up Matt Moulson's power-play goal early in the third period. The 21-year-old defender signed a six-year contract with the Sabres earlier this week to be available for the team's season opener.
Oct 14 - 7:55 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen has inked a six-year contract with Buffalo.

The 21-year-old defenseman's new contract will carry an annual average value of $5.4 million. Ristolainen registered nine goals and 41 points in 82 games last season. The Sabres will have their top defender in the lineup for Thursday's opener.
Oct 11 - 3:18 PM

Coach Dan Bylsma remains confident that Rasmus Ristolainen will available for Buffalo's season opener.

"We all believe we'd be better with Risto in the lineup," Bylsma said. "I think it will get done, and I think we'll have him in the lineup on the 13th." Ristolainen has been skating with the team at camp despite being a restricted free agent.
Oct 7 - 8:24 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen worked on Buffalo's power play during Monday's practice session.

He won't travel his teammates, as their preseason schedule continues, because he is still a restricted free agent.
Oct 4 - 9:25 AM

Although Rasmus Ristolainen is still a restricted free agent, but he is skating with the Sabres.

Typically RFAs stay out of training camp until a deal is agreed upon, but Ristolainen put in a request to work with the team and the Sabres granted it. He had nine goals and 41 points in 82 contests last season.
Sep 29 - 1:10 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen and the Buffalo Sabres still have to come to terms on a contract.

The talented defender is playing for Finland at the World Cup of Hockey. According to a source, there is nothing new to report on contract talks between the two sides. They would obviously like something to be worked out before the start of the regular season.
Sep 8 - 3:13 PM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma said he'd like to give Rasmus Ristolainen less minutes next season.

It's an interesting idea considering the fact that Ristolainen is arguably the best defenseman on the team. "We put him into a lot of tough situations and I think some of the numbers that roll out on him as far as Corsi and possession do reflect that," Bylsma said, "But frankly we played him too much at times. He's not going to like to hear this, but he's not a guy that should be getting 28 to 30 minutes per night, although we did it to him and we put him in those situations." The 21-year-old had nine goals and 41 points in 82 games last season.
Source: The Score
Aug 16 - 8:55 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen leads the list of Buffalo Sabres who received qualifying offers on Monday.

Zemgus Girgensons, Marcus Foligno, Jake McCabe, Casey Nelson, Jason Kasdorf and Dan Catenacci were also tendered qualifying offers. Buffalo is expected to negotiate new deals with all of them.

Despite the fact that Rasmus Ristolainen had a breakout season in 2015-16, the talented defenseman thinks he can get even better this upcoming campaign.

Ristolainen didn't like his play in the second half and thought he could improve his consistency starting this year. "The first 40 games, they were pretty good and after that, I was struggling a little bit. I was up and down, some good games and some bad games and that’s what I want to get batter at next year" said Ristolainen. Given that he registered 41 points with an emerging Buffalo squad, including 21 power-play points, an improvement would push Ristolainnen into the elite rearguard bracket in the NHL. It will be interesting to see if he can make that jump.
Source: WGR550.com
Jun 4 - 9:42 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Johan Larsson
4Zemgus Girgensons
5Derek Grant
6William Carrier
LW1Evander Kane
2Tyler Ennis
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
5Cody McCormick
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Matt Moulson
4Brian Gionta
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Jake McCabe
5Josh Gorges
6Cody Franson
7Erik Burgdoerfer
8Justin Falk
9Taylor Fedun
10Brendan Guhle
G1Robin Lehner
2Anders Nilsson