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Finland Rasmus Ristolainen
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# Player GP G A TP
1. Marek Hrivík 44 14 37 51
2. Daniel Zaar 52 18 32 50
3. Daniel Viksten 51 25 23 48
4. Emil Pettersson 52 22 26 48
5. Carter Camper 46 14 32 46
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Player Facts
Date of Birth
Position
D
Age
26
Height
6'4" / 192 cm
Place of Birth
Weight
220 lbs / 100 kg
Nation
Shoots
R
Youth Team
Contract
21/22
Cap Hit
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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)

Player Statistics
S Team League GP G A TP PIM +/-   POST GP G A TP PIM +/-
2008-09 TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 5 0 0 0 0 |
TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja 21 3 2 5 8 | Playoffs 7 1 1 2 2
2009-10 TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja Q 1 1 4 5 0 |
TPS U16 U16 SM-sarja 5 5 3 8 4 | Playoffs 5 2 5 7 27
TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja Q 8 0 3 3 16 |
TPS U18 U18 SM-sarja 24 3 4 7 12 | Playoffs 3 1 0 1 4
TPS U20 U20 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 U18 SM-sarja 2 1 2 3 0 | Playoffs 13 5 3 8 8
TPS U20 U20 SM-liiga 27 0 12 12 30 -20 |
TPS SM-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 U20 SM-liiga 8 0 4 4 6 4 |
TPS SM-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 U20 SM-liiga 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 5 2 1 3 2 -5
TPS SM-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 (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 78 5 38 43 38 -41 |
2019-20 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 6 27 33 46 -2 |
2020-21 Buffalo Sabres “A” NHL 49 4 14 18 36 -18 |
2021-22 Philadelphia Flyers 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 Gretzky Cup 5 1 2 3 10 7 |
2012-13 TPS ET 7 1 2 3 18 |
2014-15 Finland EHT 4 0 0 0 2 -1 |
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Game Log
Date Team Opp Score G A TP PIM +/- SOG PPG SHG TOI
NHL
Sat 08/05 Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Thu 06/05 Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue 04/05 Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders
Mon 03/05 Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders
Sat 01/05 Buffalo Sabres @ Boston Bruins
Thu 29/04 Buffalo Sabres @ Boston Bruins
Tue 27/04 Buffalo Sabres @ New York Rangers
Sun 25/04 Buffalo Sabres @ New York Rangers
Fri 23/04 Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins
Thu 22/04 Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins
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Player Career Totals
League Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/- | Years GP G A TP PPG PIM +/-
AHL 1 34 6 14 20 0.59 22 -2 | 1 5 0 2 2 0.40 2 -2
EHT 1 4 0 0 0 0.00 2 -1 | 0
ET 2 13 1 2 3 0.23 24 - | 0
Hlinka Gretzky Cup 1 5 1 2 3 0.60 10 7 | 0
International 3 14 1 3 4 0.29 8 -2 | 0
International-Jr 5 85 14 23 37 0.44 142 15 | 0
SM-liiga (Liiga) 3 93 6 17 23 0.25 110 -28 | 1 2 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2
NHL 9 542 46 199 245 0.45 291 -163 | 0
U16 SM-sarja 2 26 8 5 13 0.50 12 - | 2 12 3 6 9 0.75 29 -
U16 SM-sarja Q 2 6 1 4 5 0.83 0 - | 0
U18 SM-sarja 2 26 4 6 10 0.38 12 - | 2 16 6 3 9 0.56 12 -
U18 SM-sarja Q 1 8 0 3 3 0.38 16 - | 0
U20 SM-liiga (U20 SM-sarja) 4 40 1 17 18 0.45 36 -14 | 1 5 2 1 3 0.60 2 -5
WCup 1 3 0 0 0 0.00 0 -2 | 0
WHC-17 2 10 1 2 3 0.30 8 - | 0
WJC-18 1 7 2 1 3 0.43 10 3 | 0
WJC-20 3 18 5 7 12 0.67 28 7 | 0
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Hitting
18
Strength
17
Passing
17
Puckhandling
16

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Jake McCabe (D) 2013-2021 8 Buffalo Sabres
Zemgus Girgensons (F) 2013-2021 8 Buffalo Sabres
Sam Reinhart (F) 2014-2021 7 Buffalo Sabres
Johan Larsson (F) 2013-2020 7 Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans

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DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE
07/23/2021
07/23/2021 Confirmed Buffalo Sabres Philadelphia Flyers
10/11/2016
10/11/2016 Extension Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres
07/12/2013
07/12/2013 Confirmed TPS Buffalo Sabres
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Drafted 2012, 1 #13 overall by Amur Khabarovsk in the KHL Draft

2013 NHL Entry Draft: Ranked #12 by FCHockey

Cult/Star player for Buffalo Sabres

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