Rasmus Ristolainen

Player Facts
  • Position
    D
  • Height
    6'4" / 192 cm
  • Weight
    218 lbs / 99 kg
  • Shoots
    R
  • Contract
    21/22

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)

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2008-09 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 5 0 0 0 0 |
TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 21 3 2 5 8 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2 2
2009-10 TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 1 4 5 0 |
TPS U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 5 5 3 8 4 | Playoffs 5 2 5 7 27
TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 8 0 3 3 16 |
TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 24 3 4 7 12 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 4
TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 5 1 1 2 0 2 |
Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 5 0 1 1 4 |
Finland U17 WHC-17 5 0 2 2 4 |
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 11 4 2 6 6 |
2010-11 TPS U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 2 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 13 5 3 8 8
TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 27 0 12 12 30 -20 |
TPS Liiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 |
Finland U17 WHC-17 5 1 0 1 4 |
Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 10 1 0 1 12 |
Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 13 1 2 3 64 1 |
2011-12 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 8 0 4 4 6 4 |
TPS Liiga 40 3 5 8 78 -21 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0 -2
Finland U18 “A” WJC-18 7 2 1 3 10 3 |
Finland U18 (all) “A” International-Jr 11 3 3 6 16 6 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 7 0 3 3 0 1 |
Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 0 9 9 0 |
2012-13 TPS U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3 2 -5
TPS Liiga 52 3 12 15 32 -7 |
Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2 4 6 20 5 |
Finland U20 (all) “C” International-Jr 14 2 6 8 32 7 |
Finland (all) International 4 0 1 1 2 0 |
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 34 2 2 4 6 -15 |
Rochester Americans AHL 34 6 14 20 22 -2 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2 2 -2
Finland U20 “A” WJC-20 5 3 0 3 8 1 |
Finland U20 (all) “A” International-Jr 5 3 0 3 8 1 |
2014-15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 8 12 20 26 -32 |
Finland EHT 4 0 0 0 2 -1 |
Finland (all) International 4 0 0 0 2 -1 |
2015-16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 9 32 41 33 -21 |
2016-17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 6 39 45 58 -9 |
Finland WCup 3 0 0 0 0 -2 |
Finland (all) International 6 1 2 3 4 -1 |
2017-18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 6 35 41 48 -25 |
2018-19 Buffalo Sabres NHL - - - - - |
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Tournament Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2011-12 TPS ET 6 0 0 0 6 |
Finland U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 1 2 3 10 7 |
2012-13 TPS ET 7 1 2 3 18 |
Player Career Totals
League GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 34 6 14 20 0.59 22 -2 | 5 0 2 2 0.40 2 -2
EHT 4 0 0 0 0.00 2 -1 |
ET 13 1 2 3 0.23 24 0 |
Hlinka Memorial 5 1 2 3 0.60 10 7 |
International 14 1 3 4 0.29 8 -2 |
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 2 -5
Jr. B SM-sarja 26 4 6 10 0.38 12 0 | 16 6 3 9 0.56 12 0
Jr. B SM-sarja Q 8 0 3 3 0.38 16 0 |
Jr. C SM-sarja 26 8 5 13 0.50 12 0 | 12 3 6 9 0.75 29 0
Jr. C SM-sarja Q 6 1 4 5 0.83 0 0 |
Liiga 93 6 17 23 0.25 110 -28 | 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2
NHL 346 31 120 151 0.44 171 -102 |
WCup 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 |
WHC-17 10 1 2 3 0.30 8 0 |
WJC-18 7 2 1 3 0.43 10 3 |
WJC-20 18 5 7 12 0.67 28 7 |
Transactions
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
10/11/2016
10/11/2016 Extension Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres
07/12/2013
07/12/2013 Confirmed TPS Buffalo Sabres
Player Biography and Trivia

Drafted 2012, 1 #13 overall by Amur Khabarovsk in the KHL Draft

2013 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #12 by Future Considerations

Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres

Cult/Star player for TPS

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