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Rasmus Ristolainen | Defenseman | #55

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 207
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / BUF
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Rasmus Ristolainen was a minus-3 in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Ristolainen was on the ice for each of Detroit's three third period goals. The 21-year-old finished the game with one shot on goal, one hit and four blocked shots in 28:15 of ice time. He has eight goals and 31 points in 48 games in '15-16. Jan 22 - 10:09 PM

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Rasmus Ristolainen produced his eighth goal of the season on Tuesday.

He has collected four points in his last six outings to give him 28 points in 43 contests this campaign. The 21-year-old defender has already matched his goal total from last year and he has set a new personal best for points.
Jan 13 - 9:42 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen and Josh Gorges have been struggling defensively.

The duo has been on the ice for five of the 13 goals scored at even strength over the last five games. The Sabres have lost five straight and need their top pairing to be more reliable in their own end. Ristolainen leads the team in average ice time per game at 24:48 per match and he has contributed 26 points.
Jan 8 - 7:50 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen has earned 19 points in his last 20 games.

He became the first Sabres' defenseman to register that production over that span since Garry Galley did so from Feb. 21, 1996 to April 3, 1996. Ristolainen earned an assist on Buffalo's third goal in a 3-0 win over Anaheim on Thursday night to set the mark. He has 24 points in 33 games.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 07:46:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen picked up an assist in Saturday's 2-1 OT win over the Los Angeles Kings.

The 21-year-old has been the fantasy surprise of the season so far. He has four points in his last two games and has 17 points in his last 17 contests. Ristolainen is on pace to score 19 goals and 60 points in 2015-16. We'll see if he can keep this pace up, but he needs to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 11:36:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen's hat trick Thursday night was quite the milestone.

It was the first three-goal game by a Sabre player since 2013 when Tomas Vanek turned the trick. Ristolainen is also the first Buffalo defenseman to register a hat trick in 27 years. Phil Housely last accomplished the feat in 1988. The Finnish rearguard is having an absolutely terrific season which seems to have come out of nowhere. But don't be fooled as Ristolainen has the pedigree for greatness.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 08:52:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen scored a hat trick in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Calgary Flames.

The 21-year-old is having an incredible breakout year in '15-16. He has seven points in his last five games and now has seven goals and 21 points in 29 games. Not many people expected him to have this much of an offensive impact this soon, but he's quickly proven the doubters wrong. Two of his three goals were scored on the power play. Ristolainen finished the game with a minus-2 rating, four shots and one blocked shot in 25:12 of ice time.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:47:00 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen is quietly having a breakout season.

The second-year defenseman has 18 points in 26 games so far this campaign. What is more impressive is that in Ristolainen's last 13 games the young blueliner has three goals and 13 points. He is on his way to becoming a top 15 defenseman in the NHL.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 09:21:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen registered three assists in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Ristolainen assisted on goals by Evander Kane, Zemgus Girgensons and Zach Bogosian. The 21-year-old finished the game with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal, two hits and a blocked shot in 27:55 of ice time. He has four goals and 18 points in 25 games this season.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen earned an assist and four shots in a 3-2 loss to Nashville on Wednesday.

It's been a strong November for the 21-year-old blueliner. He has generated three goals and five assists this month to give him 13 points in 22 contests.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 08:13:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen extended his point streak to four games in Saturday's 2-1 OT loss to San Jose.

The 21-year-old picked up an assist on Buffalo's only goal (scored by Ryan O'Reilly). He finished the game with three shots on goal, one hit and a blocked shot in 29 minutes of ice time. Ristolainen has six points during the streak and now has four goals and 11 points in 17 games this season. He must be owned in every dynasty league.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 10:10:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen pitched in two assists in Buffalo's 3-2 win over Florida on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old now has five points in his last three games and 10 goals in 16 games this season. The 6'4 Finn is already halfway into his 2014-15 point total after just 16 games, and projects to be a solid pickup in fantasy while his streak persists, with the exception of plus/minus.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 12:01:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen scored two goals in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Ristolainen's first goal extended Buffalo's lead to 2-0, and his second goal with just 17 seconds remaining put the Sabres in front 3-2. The 21-year-old has three goals and seven points in 14 games this season. Ristolainen finished the game with five shots and one hit in 21:17 of ice time. Jamie McGinn also scored for the Sabres.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:43:00 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen contributed two assists in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

The 21-year-old defender was also credited with five shots and three hits. Ristolainen has five points in 10 games this year.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 08:08:00 AM

Don't sleep on Sabres 20-year-old Finnish rearguard, Rasmus Ristolainen.

The 8th overall pick in 2013 ranked 13th in the NHL with an average ice time of 24:38 per game entering Wednesday's games, while contributing three points in five games (1-2-3) and 16 shots on goal. The 6-foot-4 blueliner is gaining prominence and playing in every situation. Put the age factor aside, the pace may not be sustainable, but the upside here is tremendous.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 06:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Johan Larsson
5David Legwand
6Daniel Catenacci
LW1Evander Kane
2Matt Moulson
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
5Cody McCormick
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Jamie McGinn
3Sam Reinhart
4Brian Gionta
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Cody Franson
4Mike Weber
5Mark Pysyk
6Josh Gorges
7Carlo Colaiacovo
8Jake McCabe
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson