Rasmus Ristolainen

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

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    • 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.
    • Sabres' Ristolainen Picks Up Three Assists

      News: Rasmus Ristolainen collected three assists in Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.
      Analysis: Another great outing for Rasmus Ristolainen, who is finishing the season strong. The 20-year-old is riding a four-game point streak in which he's recorded three goals and seven points. He's a plus-9 over his last nine games and is averaging 20:27 of ice time, making him a worth a pickup for these final few games.
    • Sabres' Ristolainen Good To Go For Friday

      News: Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) will return to the lineup Friday against the Blackhawks, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
      Analysis: The illness prevented Rasmus Ristolainen from playing Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, but his return to practice Thursday suggests he's healthy and ready to play again. Before the illness reared its head, Ristolainen had been enjoying his most productive stretch of the season, tallying three goals and an assist over his previous three games.
    • Sabres' Ristolainen (Illness) Out Wednesday

      News: Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) was not on the ice for pregame warmups, and will not play Wednesday against the Leafs, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
      Analysis: Rasmus Ristolainen wasn't expected to play after waking up a bit under the weather, and this was confirmed by his absence in pregame rushes. Look for the defenseman to return to the ice Friday against Chicago.
    • Sabres' Ristolainen Under The Weather

      News: Rasmus Ristolainen (illness) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.
      Analysis: Rasmus Ristolainen's overall numbers (17 points and a minus-29 rating in 73 games) aren't fantasy-friendly, but the 20-year-old has been on a bit of a roll of late, with goals in each of his last three games, to go along with an assist and a plus-6 rating in that span. We'll let you know if Ristolainen takes warmups later Wednesday, but for now it appears though his next chance to play will arrive Friday against Chicago.
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