|Assets:||Has great size, a big shot, shutdown appeal and some physicality to his game, so he projects as an all-round type. Skates very well and can produce offense, as well.|
|Flaws:||Needs to put it all together, since he has all the tools needed to be a dominant defenseman (but rarely does). Must also keep things simple, since he can over-play the puck.|
|Career Potential:||Big all-round defenseman with upside.|
|4/15/2014||Assigned to the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|3/27/2014||Recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|3/24/2014||Assigned to the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|3/15/2014||Recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|11/19/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|10/21/2013||Recalled from Rochester (AHL).|
|10/19/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|7/12/2013||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/30/2013||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (8th overall) in 2013.|
Ristolainen and Pysyk have rought night | 04/26/2014 9:27 AM
NewsHighly regarded defencemen Rasmus Ristolainen and Mark Pysyk had a rough night Friday in the opneing round of the AHL playoffs.
ImpactThe two top Sabres' prospects were paired together and were minus two in the Rochester Amerks' 4-3 loss to Chicago. It was certainly a learning experience for Ristolainen and Pysyk, whom Sabre management hope will be ready to contribute at the NHL level next season.
Ristolainen scores lone Sabres goal in loss | 03/27/2014 11:59 PM
NewsBlueliner Rasmus Ristolainen scored the only Buffalo goal in Thursday's 6-1 loss at the hands of the Predators.
ImpactThe young rearguard is teeming with promise, but he only managed to generate two points, both goals, in 25 games as a rookie. He's not fantasy worthy right now.
Sabres bring up Rasmus Ristolainen | 03/27/2014 3:50 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been called up by Buffalo.
ImpactHe's back up with the Sabres for the third time this season. Tyler Myers was injured on Tuesday, so Ristolainen is back with Buffalo on an emergency basis.
Rasmus Ristolainen returns to the minors | 03/25/2014 2:46 PM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres have sent Rasmus Ristolainen to AHL Rochester.
ImpactRistolainen was summoned on an emergency basis because Tyler Myers was sidelined, but Myers is ready to rejoin the Sabres. Ristolainen has a goal in 24 games with Buffalo in 2013-14.
Rasmus Ristolainen back up with Sabres | 03/15/2014 1:35 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been called up by Buffalo.
ImpactHe's back up with the Sabres on an emergency basis because of injuries. Alexander Sulzer (upper body) and Tyler Myers (elbow) are out and Mike Weber isn't 100 percent either. Ristolainen started the season in Buffalo, but he's been in the minors since mid-November.
Rasmus Ristolainen wins WJC gold for Finland | 01/05/2014 3:54 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen scored an overtime game-winning goal to win gold for Finland over Sweden in the 2014 World Junior Championships.
ImpactThe Buffalo Sabres first-rounder gains an unforgettable experience and a little more exposure to top-level competition. It was a strong tournament for Sabres prospects, as Nikita Zadorov had a nice tournament, too.
Rasmus Ristolainen earns invite to WJC | 12/09/2013 2:23 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been named to Finland's World Junior Championship team.
ImpactHe suffered a concussion last week, while playing for AHL Rochester, but he's expected to play in tournament. Ristolainen had two goals and two assists in five minor-league contests prior to getting hurt.
Ristolainen might be out with a concussion | 12/03/2013 6:36 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen might have sustained a concussion while playing with AHL Rochester.
ImpactRistolainen was punched by Mitchell Heard and Rochester subsequently listed him out for at least three games with an "upper body injury." Ristolainen was taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Before being sent to the minors, he had a goal in 19 games with Buffalo.
Buffalo sends Rasmus Ristolainen to AHL | 11/19/2013 12:23 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been sent to the minors.
ImpactRistolainen has a goal in 19 games this season. He's just 19 years old, but unlike many players his age, he's eligible to report to the AHL because he came from SM-liiga and not a Canadian major junior league.
Ristolainen scores first NHL goal Friday | 10/26/2013 8:35 AM
NewsRookie defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen scored his first NHL goal in the Sabres' 3-1 over the Panthers Friday night.
ImpactIt was an important goal too as it tied the game 1-1 in the second period after the Sabres were badly outplayed to that point in the contest. "It feels great," Ristolainen said of the goal. "It was a significant goal for us. We tied the game. The guys were good in front of the net, so the goalie didn't see anything." Keep an eye on Ristolainen. He may not be roster worthy this season but we certainly see how he can be a productive two-way rearguard in years to come.
Sabres scratch Rasmus Ristolainen Wednesday | 10/24/2013 10:19 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen was a healthy scratch Wednesday.
ImpactHe was brought back up from the minors earlier this week, but didn't play any games with Rochester. Jamie McBain was also a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Boston. Ristolainen still has some value in keeper formats, but he shouldn't be on your radar in standard leagues.
Buffalo calls up Rasmus Ristolainen | 10/21/2013 12:50 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been summoned by the Buffalo Sabres.
Pro Hockey Talk
ImpactRistolainen spent the weekend in the minors. He has no points and a minus-four rating in eight games with Buffalo. The Sabres selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Sabres send Rasmus Ristolainen to AHL | 10/19/2013 5:59 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has been assigned to AHL Rochester.
Buffalo Sabres PR On Twitter
ImpactThe rookie defenseman has registered 11 shots, 12 hits and a minus-4 rating in eight games with the struggling Sabres this season.
Rasmus Ristolainen will suit up Tuesday | 10/15/2013 12:21 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen will draw back into Buffalo's lineup Tuesday night.
ImpactThe rookie blueliner was a healthy scratch Monday and it may have acted as a wake-up call. "I have to play a lot better and help the team more," Ristolainen said in the morning. Jamie McBain is slated to sit with Ristolainen going back in.
Rasmus Ristolainen sits as healthy scratch | 10/15/2013 9:54 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen was a healthy scratch Monday.
ImpactHe watched the Sabres' loss to Minnesota from the press because the team got Henrik Tallinder back from injury. The rookie defenseman has no points, seven shots, eight shots and a minus-3 rating in six games.
Rasmus Ristolainen makes NHL debut | 10/03/2013 10:06 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen logged 16:44 of ice time in his NHL debut Wednesday night.
ImpactHe was credited with three shots, one hit, one block and a minus-1 rating against the Detroit Red Wings. He got burned on Pavel Datsyuk's game-winning goal, but the 18-year-old defenseman expects to learn from his experiences. "It's a big day," Ristolainen said. "I just have to keep working hard and get more games, get as many games as I can."
Rasmus Ristolainen will stick with Sabres | 09/28/2013 3:49 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen has made Buffalo's roster for the start of he regular season.
ImpactHe's enjoyed a very strong training camp and coach Ron Rolston said he was the team's best defenseman in Friday's exhibition loss against Carolina. Ristolainen has the potential to fill several fantasy categories once he gets accustomed to the NHL. He's worth keeping an eye on this season, but his value is much higher in keeper leagues.
Ristolainen still in the mix for NHL job | 09/28/2013 9:20 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen is still in the mix for one of the Sabres' last roster spots.
ImpactHe is in a battle for the team's seventh defenseman spot with a number of players including Alexander Sulzer and Brayden McNabb. Buffalo coach Ron Rolston has been very impressed with the 2013 first-round pick's poise, defensive and power-play skills and could be leaning toward keeping Ristolainen on the roster to start the season. If he does, Ristolainen becomes a good target for those in keeper leagues.
Rasmus Ristolainen pushing for roster spot | 09/17/2013 7:13 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen might be able to lock down a roster spot with the Sabres to start the year if he continues to perform the way he has so far at camp.
Impact"I think I'm ready," Ristolainen said Monday. "I think my style is the kind that I can play right away. That's my goal. I set this goal at the start of summer, and I was working all summer to make the team." He is just 18 years of age, but he stands 6-foot-4, and weighs over 200 pounds. Ristolainen has adapted well to smaller North American ice. The only problem is that Buffalo has plenty of other players who are NHL ready at camp who are competing with Ristolainen. He'll probably have to leapfrog Jamie McBain, Alexander Sulzer, Chad Ruhwedel and Brayden McNabb to make Buffalo's roster.
Sabres' prospects ready for tournament | 08/21/2013 10:27 AM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen will play in the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., Sept. 5-9.
ImpactHe will be joined on the roster by fellow 2013 first-round pick Nikita Zadorov, 2012 first-rounders Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons, as well as defenseman Mark Pysyk (2010) and Finnish winger Joel Armia (2011). The Sabres' prospects will play against NHL hopefuls from Carolina, Columbus and the New York Rangers in the Ted Lindsay division and they will one crossover game against a team from the Gordie Howe Division, which features the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.
Finland drops Ristolainen from junior roster | 08/01/2013 6:29 PM
NewsBuffalo Sabres first-round pick Rasmus Ristolainen was dropped off Finland's roster for August's junior evaluation camp.
ImpactThis is the latest sign that Ristolainen appears destined to at least open the season with the Sabres. Buffalo already signed the eighth overall selection to an entry-level draft and GM Darcy Regier called Ristolainen a "very mature defenseman for his age." Ristolainen won't impact your fantasy pool this season, but he's an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on for the future.
Buffalo signs Rasmus Ristolainen | 07/12/2013 10:10 PM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres have signed Rasmus Ristolainen to a three-year, entry-level deal.
ImpactRistolainen was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. "We felt that it was important to get Rasmus under contract quickly so that we could start the development process right away," Regier said. "He's a very mature defenseman for his age and will have every chance to compete for a roster spot in training camp."
Ristolainen: Sabres or Finland next season | 07/10/2013 9:16 PM
NewsRasmus Ristolainen will either play for the Sabres or in Finland again next season.
ImpactUnderstandably, the Sabres wanted the eighth-overall pick in the 2013 draft to play in the AHL if he didn't make the NHL roster. But that doesn't seem like it will happen. "I think no," Ristolainen said. "I've got a contract with my hometown team." The 18-year-old had 15 points and 32 penalty minutes in SM-liiga last season.
Sabres went with safer pick at No.. 8 | 07/02/2013 6:52 AM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres went with the safer pick when they chose Rasmus Ristolainen eighth overall in the 2013 draft.
Impact"Ristolainen is about as safe of a prospect as you could ask for," International Scouting Services wrote. "Prototypical No. 2 defenseman, he can play any role you need him to." The Sabres could have opted for Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin, but they viewed him as a riskier proposition because of his intention to go back to the KHL if he doesn't get a roster spot for next season. Ristolainen is believed to be ready to push for an NHL job at training camp.
|Fin Jr.||Total||Fin Jr.||8||0||4||4||-||6||-||-||-||-||-||0.50|
|Fin Jr.||Total||Fin Jr.||5||2||1||3||-||2||-||-||-||-||-||0.60|
|Goals||1||2 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Dec 15||1|
|Assists||1||4 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||1|
|Points||1||6 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||1|
|Penalty Minutes||2||7 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||2|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:vs. SJ||last:Nov 18||1|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. Ott||Dec 15||0|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||32 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||32 times-last:at Wpg||last:Dec 16||0|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:vs. Ott||last:Dec 15||4|
|Penalty Minutes||6||2013-14 (Buf)|
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