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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
Contract: view contract details

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Rasmus Ristolainen added another assist to his impressive total during Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
The marker gives him 22 assists and 25 points this season, and 90 points for his career. That 42-point plateau he hit last season seems sure to fall some time in February. Sat, Dec 31, 2016 04:02:00 PM

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Rasmus Ristolainen notched a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 4-3 shootout loss to Florida on Tuesday night.

He registered his 13th power-play point of the season with an assist on goal by Sam Reinhart. Ristolainen's third goal of the year gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead in the third period, but the Panthers tied it shortly afterward and won easily in the shootout. The Buffalo defender has been red hot lately. He has been held off the score sheet just twice in the last 10 matches and he has five multi-point efforts over that time.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 09:54:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen hasn't been a plus/minus burden to fantasy owners this season like he's traditionally been.

Ristolainen had a minus-68 rating in 194 career games going into the 2016-17 campaign. However, he's a more respectable minus-one in 30 contests this season, which means that his two goals and 21 points haven't come with a significant drawback. Part of that improved plus/minus is due to the Sabres getting better as a team, but the 22-year-old blueliner has also played a big role defensively. "Our shutdown guy," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "He’s a horse back there. We’re talking about how he plays and how tough he is to play against."
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 3-2 OT win over the New York Islanders.

Ristolainen picked up the primary assist on Johan Larsson's goal in the second period that tied the game at one. The Sabres defenseman also added the overtime winner just 42 seconds into the extra frame. The 22-year-old now has two goals and 21 points in 29 games this season. He's worth owning in all standard fantasy leagues.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 09:56:00 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen stretched his point streak to four games Tuesday night.

He recorded two helpers against Los Angeles in a 6-3 Buffalo victory. Ristolainen got off to a sluggish start, but now he has eight points in his last six outings and seven points during his current scoring spree.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 09:48:00 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen is playing a lot of minutes for the Sabres.

Friday night against Washington, the talented rearguard was on the ice for more than 30 minutes for the second time in his career. That's over half of the game! Ristolainen is on pace to break his personal best of 41 points with his 17 points in 27 games start to the season.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 09:33:00 AM

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.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 10:45:00 PM

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.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:57:00 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.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:08:00 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.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 09:40:00 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.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 09:31:00 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.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 10:41:00 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.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 07:55:00 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.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 03:18:00 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.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 08:24:00 AM

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