Rasmus Ristolainen (D)
Buffalo Sabres’ first-round selection (8th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on July 12, 2013.
2012-13: Appeared in 52 games for his hometown TPS Turku (SM-liiga), recording a career-high 15 points on three goals and 12 assists… Led all TPS defensemen in scoring and finished seventh overall on the team in points… Earned 21:40 of ice time per game, the most of any blueliner... Joined TPS’ U-20 team for the SM-liiga playoffs and scored two goals with one assist to go along with a +5 on-ice rating in five games
2011-12: Enjoyed a productive rookie campaign with TPS Turku… Immediately earned a full-time roster spot out of camp and went on to appear in 40 professional games… Notched three goals and assisted on five others for eight points… Averaged 16:33 of ice time per game, including earning over 20 minutes of ice through the first eight games of the season… Was held pointless in two postseason contests for Turku… Skated in eight games with TPS’ U-20 team, finishing with four assists and a +4 on-ice rating… 2010-11: Played in one game with TPS Turku, making his SM-liiga debut as a 16-year-old, seeing 6:41 of ice time in a February game… Spent much of the season with TPS’ U-20 team, where he collected 12 assists and 30 PIM in 27 games… Took the TPS’ U-18 squad to the SM-liiga Finals, tallying five goals with three assists in 13 playoff appearances… INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented seventh-place Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia… Finished the tournament with two goals and four assists with a +5 on-ice rating in six games… Appeared in seven games, including the bronze medal game, for the Finnish national team at the 2012 U-20 World Junior Championship… Was +1 with three assists as Finland finished fourth in the event… Also served as an assistant captain for Finland’s U-18 team that same year and was +3 with two goals and one assist in seven international contests… Scored one goal and racked up for PIM at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship and also represented Finland at the 2011 U-17 World Hockey Challenge