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RASMUS RISTOLAINEN    Finland

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BIRTHYEAR 1994-10-27 BIRTHPLACETurku, FIN
AGE 22 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 192 cm / 6'3" WEIGHT 94 kg / 207 lbs
YOUTH TEAM TPS CONTRACT 21/22
NHL DRAFT 2013 round 1 #8 overall by Buffalo Sabres
CAP HIT $5,400,000 powered by
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time U20 WJC Gold Medal 1

One of the best defensemen of his age group, Ristolainen was a top-prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft. He is a calm player with good two-way ability and a mature style of play, though his defensive awareness and positioning still need work. More mobile and offensive than Buffalo's other 2013 1st round pick Nikita Zadorov, Ristolainen moves the puck with confidence, has a good shot from the point and has displayed ability to work the powerplay in SM-liiga. Ristolainen has an NHL-ready frame and has gained a lot of strength while playing in SM-liiga and though he is not a big-time hitter, he feels comfortable playing the body and likes to get physical in front of the net.(Matias Strozyk, 2013)

© Photo: Dan Hickling

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2008-09 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 5 0 000 |            
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 21 3 258 | Playoffs 7 1 122  
 2009-10 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 450 |            
  TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 5 5 384 | Playoffs 5 2 5727  
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 8 0 3316 |            
  TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 24 3 4712 | Playoffs 3 1 014  
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 5 1 120 2 |            
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 114 |            
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 224 |            
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 11 4 266 |            
 2010-11 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 1 230 | Playoffs 13 5 388  
  TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 0 121230 -20 |            
  TPS Liiga 1 0 000 0 |            
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 1 014 |            
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 10 1 0112 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 13 1 2364 1 |            
 2011-12 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 8 0 446 4 |            
  TPS Liiga 40 3 5878 -21 | Playoffs 2 0 000 -2 
  Finland U18  WJC-18 7 2 1310 3 |            
  Finland U18 (all)  International-Jr 11 3 3616 6 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 330 1 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 0 990 |            
 2012-13 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 000 | Playoffs 5 2 132 -5 
  TPS Liiga 52 3 121532 -7 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2 4620 5 |            
  Finland U20 (all)  International-Jr 14 2 6832 7 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 0 112 0 |            
 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 34 2 246 -15 |            
  Rochester Americans AHL 34 6 142022 -2 | Playoffs 5 0 222 -2 
  Finland U20  WJC-20 5 3 038 1 |            
  Finland U20 (all)  International-Jr 5 3 038 1 |            
 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 8 122026 -32 |            
  Finland EHT 4 0 002 -1 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 0 002 -1 |            
 2015-16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 9 324133 -21 |            
 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 24 0 121212 -7 |            
  Finland WCup 3 0 000 -2 |            
  Finland (all) International 3 1 234 1 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2011-12 TPS ET 6 0 006 |            
  Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 1 2310 7 |            
 2012-13 TPS ET 7 1 2318 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 34 6 14 20 0.59 22  -2  | 5 0 2 2 0.40 -2 
  EHT: 4 0 0 0 0.00 -1  |    
  ET: 13 1 2 3 0.23 24  |    
  Hlinka Memorial: 5 1 2 3 0.60 10  |    
  International: 11 1 3 4 0.36 |    
  International-Jr: 85 14 23 37 0.44 142  15  |    
  Jr. A SM-liiga: 40 1 17 18 0.45 36  -14  | 5 2 1 3 0.60 -5 
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 26 4 6 10 0.38 12  | 16 6 3 9 0.56 12 
  Jr. B SM-sarja Q: 8 0 3 3 0.38 16  |    
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 26 8 5 13 0.50 12  | 12 3 6 9 0.75 29 
  Jr. C SM-sarja Q: 6 1 4 5 0.83 |    
  Liiga: 93 6 17 23 0.25 110  -28  | 2 0 0 0 0.00 -2 
  NHL: 218 19 58 77 0.35 77  -75  |    
  WCup: 3 0 0 0 0.00 -2  |    
  WHC-17: 10 1 2 3 0.30 |    
  WJC-18: 7 2 1 3 0.43 10  |    
  WJC-20: 18 5 7 12 0.67 28  |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2008-2009 Jr. C SM-sarja Silver Medal
  U16 Pohjola Camp All-Star Team
  U16 Pohjola Camp Roster (TPS)
2010-2011 Jr. B SM-sarja Silver Medal
2013-2014 U20 WJC All-Star Team
  U20 WJC Best Defenseman
  U20 WJC Gold Medal
  U20 WJC Scorer of the Championship Winning Goal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Jr. B SM-sarja Silver Medal 10/11
- Jr. C SM-sarja Silver Medal 08/09
- U16 Pohjola Camp All-Star Team 08/09
- U16 Pohjola Camp Roster 08/09
- U20 WJC All-Star Team 13/14
- U20 WJC Best Defenseman 13/14
- U20 WJC Gold Medal 13/14
- U20 WJC Scorer of the Championship Winning Goal 13/14



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2016-10-11 Extension Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 6 years 
2014-04-15 Up/Down Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans Reassigned 
2014-03-27 Up/Down Rochester Americans Buffalo Sabres Reassigned 
2014-03-24 Up/Down Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans Reassigned 
2014-03-15 Up/Down Rochester Americans Buffalo Sabres Recalled 
2013-11-19 Up/Down Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans Reassigned 
2013-10-21 Up/Down Rochester Americans Buffalo Sabres Recalled 
2013-10-19 Up/Down Buffalo Sabres Rochester Americans Reassigned 
2013-07-12 Confirmed TPS Buffalo Sabres Entry Level 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2012, round 1 #13 overall by Amur Khabarovsk in the KHL Draft
 
- 2013 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #12 by Future Considerations
 
Cult/Star player for TPS