Rasmus Ristolainen (D)
Buffalo Sabresâ€™ 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 assistsâ€¦ Led all TPS defensemen in scoring and finished seventh overall on the team in pointsâ€¦ Earned 21:40 of ice time per game, the most of any blueliner... Joined TPSâ€™ 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 Turkuâ€¦ Immediately earned a full-time roster spot out of camp and went on to appear in 40 professional gamesâ€¦ Notched three goals and assisted on five others for eight pointsâ€¦ Averaged 16:33 of ice time per game, including earning over 20 minutes of ice through the first eight games of the seasonâ€¦ Was held pointless in two postseason contests for Turkuâ€¦ Skated in eight games with TPSâ€™ U-20 team, finishing with four assists and a +4 on-ice ratingâ€¦ 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 gameâ€¦ Spent much of the season with TPSâ€™ U-20 team, where he collected 12 assists and 30 PIM in 27 gamesâ€¦ Took the TPSâ€™ U-18 squad to the SM-liiga Finals, tallying five goals with three assists in 13 playoff appearancesâ€¦ INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Represented seventh-place Finland at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russiaâ€¦ Finished the tournament with two goals and four assists with a +5 on-ice rating in six gamesâ€¦ Appeared in seven games, including the bronze medal game, for the Finnish national team at the 2012 U-20 World Junior Championshipâ€¦ Was +1 with three assists as Finland finished fourth in the eventâ€¦ Also served as an assistant captain for Finlandâ€™s U-18 team that same year and was +3 with two goals and one assist in seven international contestsâ€¦ 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