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55 Rasmus Ristolainen D

Buffalo Sabres

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
89%71%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
93241-213325:01
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  • Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Earns qualifying offer

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (6/27/16) Ristolainen was extended a qualifying offer by the Sabres on Monday.

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Sabres made this offer, as they will likely do all in their power to re-sign the 21-year-old blueliner. A restricted free agent, Ristolainen will likely require a significant pay bump following a breakout 2015-16 campaign in which he notched 41 points (nine goals, 32 assists), 202 shots on goal, 139 hits and 137 blocked shots. The team will retain his right past the July 1 deadline for qualifying offers at a minimum, but it wouldn't be surprising if Buffalo looks to ink Ristolainen to a multi-year contract extension.

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Established as No. 1 defenseman

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (6/2/16) Ristolainen, who just finished his third pro season as a 21-year-old, is the Sabres' de facto top defenseman, reports WGR 550.

    Those who have been following Ristolainen since his draft year will know that the lanky Finnish defenseman is an absolute gem, and with the golden era of hockey coming for Finland, Ristolainen is poised to be his nation's top all-round defenseman. He averaged over 25 minutes per game and scored 41 points in 82 games, along with 139 hits and 137 blocked shots. Despite his young age, he has the full confidence of the team to play in high-pressure situations. Going forward, Ristolainen will continue to have tough stretches as he gains experience, but as both him and the Sabres improve, he will continue to put up very encouraging numbers. He is a potential top-20 defenseman in fantasy next year, and worthy of a keeper spot in deep dynasty leagues.

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Sets career-high with 41 points

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (4/16/16) Ristolainen finished with nine goals and 32 assists to lead all Buffalo defensemen in scoring.

    At just 21 years old and in his third full season as a pro in North America, Ristolainen has already cracked the 40-point mark. Despite Buffalo's mediocre performance this season, the big Finn has already established himself as one of the league's best defenseman. His minus-21 rating is a reflection of having to play against the opposition's top forwards. His 202 shots on goal, 139 hits and 137 blocked shots make him an all-round fantasy monster and one of the few in the 200-100-100 club.

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Tacks on assist in loss

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (3/28/16) Ristolainen tallied an assist in Monday's loss to the Red Wings.

    The defenseman also skated a game-high 26:21 worth of ice time, while finishing with a plus-1 rating. The 21-year-old is now at the 40-point plateau for the season, as he continues to be a bright spot amidst an otherwise unremarkable season in Buffalo.

    Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Registers first assist in four games

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (3/17/16) Ristolainen assisted on Zach Bogosian's goal in a 3-2 loss to Montreal on Wednesday.

    It was Ristolainen's 29th assist of the season, just one shy of hitting the 30-assist mark. In his second full NHL season he's already averaging over 25 minutes per game and continues to see his numbers climb. He's become the team's go-to power-play quarterback, and has registered 15 power-play assists this season, compared to just four last year. His plus-minus isn't very good because the Sabres don't win very many games, but going forward all signs point toward him being a clear-cut top-25 fantasy defenseman next year.

  • April 3, 2015: Sabres' Ristolainen Picks Up Three Assists
    Ristolainen collected three assists in Friday's loss to the Blackhawks.Another great outing for 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.
    April 2, 2015: Sabres' Ristolainen Good To Go For Friday
    Ristolainen (illness) will return to the lineup Friday against the Blackhawks, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.The illness prevented 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.
    April 1, 2015: Sabres' Ristolainen (Illness) Out Wednesday
    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.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.
    April 1, 2015: Sabres' Ristolainen Under The Weather
    Ristolainen (illness) is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.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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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/201
Birthdate:
10/27/1994
Age:
21
Hometown:
Turku, Finland
Team:
Buffalo Sabres
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NHL Experience:
3
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