Rasmus Ristolainen

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Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Ristolainen - Buffalo Sabres.jpg
Born (1994-10-27) 27 October 1994 (age 22)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
TPS
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 8th overall, 2013
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2011–present

Rasmus Ristolainen (born 27 October 1994) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected eighth overall by the Sabres at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Ristolainen made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres on the opening night of the 2013–14 season, 2 October 2013, against the Detroit Red Wings. He scored his first career NHL goal later in the month, on 25 October, against Jacob Markström of the Florida Panthers. On 5 January 2014, Ristolainen scored the overtime winner in the final of the 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships against previously undefeated Sweden, giving Finland the gold medal. He scored his first NHL hat trick on 10 December 2015 against the Calgary Flames. He was the first Sabres' defenseman to score a hat trick since the Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Housley in the 1987–88 season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 TPS SM-l 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 TPS SM-l 40 3 5 8 78 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 TPS SM-l 52 3 12 15 32
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 34 2 2 4 6
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 34 6 14 20 22 5 0 2 2 2
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 8 12 20 26
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 9 32 41 33
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 6 39 45 58
Liiga totals 93 6 17 23 110 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 273 25 85 110 123
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Malmö

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Finland U17 10th 5 0 2 2 4
2011 Finland U17 7th 5 1 0 1 4
2012 Finland WJC18 4th 7 2 1 3 10
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 0 3 3 0
2013 Finland WJC 7th 6 2 4 6 20
2014 Finland WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 3 0 3 8
2016 Finland WCH 8th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 35 8 10 18 46
Senior totals 3 0 0 0 0

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zemgus Girgensons
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Nikita Zadorov