Rasmus Ristolainen

#55 D / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 201 lb Age: 21 College: None

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82%
D Rank
17
  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Powers Sabres with two assists

    Ristolainen assisted on both Sabres goals in a 2-1 win over Arizona on Monday. "Risto Rocket" also skated a career-high 30:15, and despite the minus-1 rating also delivered six hits and two blocked shots. He's a bona fide defenseman who deserves a spot in all fantasy leagues.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Scores 20th assist of the season

    Ristolainen assisted on a power-play goal Sunday against the Jets, giving him 20 assists and 27 points in 42 games on the season. Only those who live under a rock have yet to realize Ristolainen is quickly ascending to the league's elite at just 21 years old. He's the Sabres' leader in ice time and has three assist in his past three games, all on the power play. Finland has produced a number of elite prospects recently and Ristolainen is the cream of the crop on defense, along with Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta, and plays an all-round game, leading all Sabres defensemen in scoring and ranks second on the team with 1.5 blocked shots per game. He's a must-own across fantasy leagues for his massive upside, even though he plays for a relatively weaker team, which is reflected by his minus-8 rating, though that is still a respectable number considering how often he plays against the other team's top lines.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Nets first career hat trick

    Ristolainen scored the first hat trick of his promising young career Thursday against Calgary. Ristolainen accounted for all three of the Sabres' goals in a 4-3 loss, as Buffalo returns home after going 0-3 on their Western Canadian road trip. With the hat trick, Ristolainen now has 21 points in 29 games, already a career-high and tied for fifth in the league among defensemen, finding himself in good company with P.K. Subban, Justin Faulk and Ryan Suter. It's the first hat trick by a Sabres defenseman since Phil Housley did it in 1988. This is no fluke. The former eighth overall pick turned pro at 17 years old in his native Finland, and has been groomed by the Sabres to be their No. 1 defenseman for some time. It's just that nobody thought it'd happen so quickly. He's a must-own in all fantasy formats.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Assists thrice in shootout defeat

    Ristolainen dished out three assists -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's shootout loss to Detroit. Can't pin this one on the outstanding young blueliner, who continues to make impressive progress offensively. The goals have been missing in action lately -- he hasn't found twine since scoring thrice in two games Nov. 7 and 10 -- but Ristolainen has been piling up assists with alacrity.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Notches assist, finishes plus-2 Thursday

    Ristolainen picked up an assist and was plus-2 with five shots in Thursday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues. The 21-year-old has really flourished on Buffalo's blue line, particularly on the offensive end. Ristolainen now has three goals and seven points in his past six games. His 52 shots on goal are good for sixth in the NHL this season.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Big man in Buffalo with two goals

    Ristolainen recorded his first career two-goal game Saturday. One of the goals with the game winner in a 3-2 victory over the Canucks. The other came on the power play. The big Finn has seven points in 14 games and is clearly on his way to a career year. Ristolainen has always had big upside, but young defenders on scuffling teams rarely make a solid play, especially if your format counts plus-minus. He's already at minus-8 in 14 games and is coming off a minus-32 season.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Back on scoresheet in loss

    Ristolainen dished out two assists Thursday, snapping his five-game scoreless skid, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Penguins. He may not be finding the scoresheet with regularity yet, but Ristolainen's doing a lot of things right -- he's playing heavy minutes and putting a lot of shots on goal, including five Thursday. The 21-year-old blueliner looks like he could see a spike in fantasy value for a Sabres team that's going to score a good amount of goals.

  • "Needs to be big for us"

    News: Head coach Dan Bylsma indicated he'll be relying heavily on Rasmus Ristolainen this season.
    Analysis: Bylsma also said the 20-year-old Finn is entering a crucial stage in his development as he enters his third pro season, and fully expects "Risto" to be a big contributor on Buffalo's blue line. Bylsma compared Rasmus Ristolainen favorably to Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta, who had an outstanding rookie season and is regarded as one of the league's top young defenseman. As far as Sabres defensemen go, Ristolainen presents the most upside for fantasy owners, though Cody Franson is the most established player and the primary power play quarterback. He'll certainly get his minutes, though, so expect upwards of 20-21 minutes per night.
  • To make preseason debut Tuesday

    News: Rasmus Ristolainen will make his first appearance in preseason action Tuesday against Toronto, reports The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Rasmus Ristolainen just recently returned from an upper-body injury and will be looking to shake off some rust. He's expected to be a big contributor for the Sabres this season and will likely play on the top pair with Mike Weber. The Leafs will be dressing a veteran roster so this will be a good litmus test for Ristolainen.
  • Sabres' Ristolainen Returns To Ice

    News: Rasmus Ristolainen practiced with the Sabres for the first time in over a week Monday, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: It's great to see the 20-year-old defender return to action in time to potentially suit up for two of the Sabres' final three preseason contests. The exhibitions should give him an opportunity to shake off any rust he may have collected while sidelined with an upper-body injury. Rasmus Ristolainen is expected to enter the season as one of Buffalo's top-four defenseman and certainly possesses significant upside, but he needs to establish himself as a dependable contributor before he gains any fantasy relevance.
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