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Rasmus Ristolainen | Defenseman | #55

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (21) / 10/27/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 207
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / BUF
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.
Jun 4 - 9:42 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen will be a restricted free agent this summer and getting him locked up to a new deal will be Buffalo's top priority.

He has progressed in each of his first three seasons in the league. The 21-year-old defender picked up nine goals, 41 points and 202 shots, while averaging 25:16 of ice time per game in 2015-16. Ristolainen also accounted for 21 points on the power play. He just finished his entry-level contract and is due for a big raise.
Apr 11 - 9:31 AM

Although plus/minus ratings always need to be taken with a grain of salt, that's particularly true for Rasmus Ristolainen.

Ristolainen is minus-19 this season, but eight of those goals against come from empty-net markers. He's been on the ice for more empty-net goals against then any other Sabres player, which is part of the reason why he also has the worst plus/minus rating on the team. Ultimately this is something that should correct itself in future campaigns so long as the Sabres continue to improve as expected.
Mar 24 - 10:22 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen did a bit of everything in Friday's 3-1 win over Ottawa.

Ristolainen picked up an assist, a hit, a block, a fight, and nine total PIMs. Making everyone pretty happy. He's now up to 30 assists, 39 points and 29 PIMs on the season.
Mar 18 - 11:04 PM

Rasmus Ristolainen scored his ninth goal of the season on Thursday.

He ended a 21-game goalless drought in Buffalo's 6-3 win over Calgary. The 21-year-old defender has made positive strides this season with 36 points in 65 games.
Mar 4 - 8:24 AM

Rasmus Ristolainen has generated four assists in the last 14 games.

He also hasn't scored a goal since Jan. 12 against Minnesota. "We've really pushed Rasmus and his game to get better and to keep getting better," coach Dan Bylsma said. "I think in the last little bit tried to do a little bit too much with his offense, a little bit too much with the puck and run into some problems in his game. ... Maybe less is more from him right now in his game and what he's trying to accomplish." The pending restricted free agent is having his best season in the NHL despite his recent struggles. Ristolainen has seven goals and 35 points in 64 games. He was also named to Finland's preliminary World Cup roster on Wednesday.
Mar 3 - 8:06 AM

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

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

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