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SABRES SIGN RISTOLAINEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

Sabres have signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a 3-year, entry-level contract

Friday, 07.12.2013 / 9:07 PM ET / News
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SABRES SIGN RISTOLAINEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the Sabres have signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Rasmus Ristolainen

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 12, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the Sabres have signed defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Sabres selected Ristolainen (6'4", 225 lbs., 10/27/94) with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, making him the team’s highest first-round selection since the team selected Thomas Vanek fifth overall in 2003.

"We felt that it was important to get Rasmus under contract quickly so that we could start the development process right away," Regier said. "He's a very mature defenseman for his age and will have every chance to compete for a roster spot in training camp."

In 2012-13, Ristolainen played for TPS in his native Finland, recording 15 points (3+12) and 32 penalty minutes in 52 games played. He was also a member of Team Finland at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Ennis 78 20 26 -19 46
M. Moulson 77 13 28 -11 41
B. Gionta 69 13 22 -13 35
Z. Girgensons 61 15 15 -16 30
C. Stewart 61 11 14 -30 25
D. Stafford 50 9 15 -18 24
R. Ristolainen 78 8 12 -32 20
M. Foligno 57 8 12 -5 20
B. Flynn 54 5 12 -3 17
J. Larsson 39 6 10 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Enroth 13 21 2 .903 3.27
M. Neuvirth 6 17 3 .918 2.99