National Hockey League

National Hockey League Draft Profile
Rasmus Ristolainen
TeamBuffalo
Round1
Selection8 (8 overall)
PositionDefensemen
Previous TeamTPS (Finland)
DOB10/27/1994
Height6-4
Weight219
Notes: Mid-season rankings - 3; Final rankings - 4
2012-13 - TPS (Finland) - 52 gp, 3 G, 12 A, 15 Pts, 32 PIM
2012-13 - Finland (IIHF World Junior Championships) -6 gp, 2 G, 4 A, 6 Pts, 20 PIM
Assets: Has great size, a big shot, shutdown appeal and some physicality to his game, so he projects as an all-round type. Skates very well and can produce offense, as well. Flaws: Needs to put it all together, since he has all the tools needed to be a dominant defenseman (but rarely does). Must also keep things simple, since he can over-play the puck. Career Potential: Big all-round defenseman with upside. Editorial supplied by 'The Sports Forecaster'

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