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Curtinho 12-21-2011 10:57 AM

RD Rasmus Ristolainen (2013, 8th overall, Buffalo)
 
Haven't seen anything on here about him. Has anyone seen him play and what can they tell me about him? Apparently one of Finland's better D at the WJC this year.

Emppu 12-21-2011 11:17 AM

He can move the puck perfectly and has a nice body. He will be a beast, at least I hope so. I can see Ristolainen leading Finland's D in the future together with Sami Vatanen

thomast 12-21-2011 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by CJam613 (Post 41286815)
Haven't seen anything on here about him. Has anyone seen him play and what can they tell me about him? Apparently one of Finland's better D at the WJC this year.

Watch Canada-Finland game and you see that he is best and most talented finnish D-man in that team. He's on the 1st PP unit. Rough and likes to play physical game. Very aggressive infront of own net. Very smooth skater, smart with the puck and big part of his passes reaches his own teammate. His weakest asset is definetly not being consistent at own-zone. Positioning is weakish sometimes. He's very calm with the puck but without the puck he needs to be smarter. He's physically in good shape and confidence with the puck is great but if he want to be top 10 pick he needs to mature up his game without the puck. He will most likely go in the 5-15 range of 2013 draft depends on team needs.

SoupyFIN 12-21-2011 11:29 AM

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Originally Posted by CJam613 (Post 41286815)
Haven't seen anything on here about him.

I thought that there was a thread about him, but the search came up empty? :huh:

Velho 12-21-2011 11:34 AM

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Originally Posted by SoupyFIN (Post 41287971)
I thought that there was a thread about him, but the search came up empty? :huh:

The Official Rasmus Ristolainen thread

There should be more info.

Had to use the google search to find it. :)

Systemfel 12-21-2011 11:37 AM

Sounds like the Finnish Adam Larsson?

thomast 12-21-2011 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Systemfel (Post 41288283)
Sounds like the Finnish Adam Larsson?

Ristolainen is better skater and as good puck mover if not better. Better offensively and his imagination at the offensive-zone is better but Larsson is rock solid at own end nearly all the time and Ristolainen is not. The difference of his bad and good game is quite big and Larsson is ok at his worst game. I would take Larsson over Ristolainen mostly because of his safe and consistent play at the own-zone ,wouldn't be so hard decision but if Ristolainen matures his game mentally into more safe game he has potential to pass Larsson. They both have similar path (2 full seasons against men before the draft) but they aren't similar players.

cenas* 12-21-2011 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Systemfel (Post 41288283)
Sounds like the Finnish Adam Larsson?

He comes short of Larsson a bit in just about everything except maybe actual height (its close)..

Even then he is pretty much a lock to the finnish national team for years to come. We got 6/7th defense man guys playing for Suomi all the time :(

Leaf Rocket 11-27-2012 04:49 PM

So from our FEL watchers, what is the update on this boy?

seafoam 11-27-2012 05:02 PM

Sounds like Brent Burns

mikko1995 11-28-2012 07:08 AM

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Originally Posted by seafoam (Post 56074515)
Sounds like Brent Burns

Rasmus is less talented offensively.

AJMHABS 11-28-2012 07:16 AM

What's this kid's upside? #1 Dman? I would love him on the Habs next to Subban. :nod:

BusQuets 11-28-2012 07:21 AM

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Originally Posted by mikko1995 (Post 56086739)
Rasmus is less talented offensively.

Really? Imo Ristolainen can easily score about 40 points and more if he hits his upside.

blinkman360 11-28-2012 07:56 AM

He and Pulock will be nice consolation prizes for those who miss out on the big forward group and Jones. Really like RR's upside.

AJMHABS 11-28-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by blinkman360 (Post 56087119)
He and Pulock will be nice consolation prizes for those who miss out on the big forward group and Jones. Really like RR's upside.

Indeed. I wouldn't mind having either of the 3.

Sundinisagod 11-28-2012 09:44 AM

Is he the son of former NHL'r Reijo (spelling?)

AE 11-28-2012 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Sundinisagod (Post 56088539)
Is he the son of former NHL'r Reijo (spelling?)

No, his last name is Ruotsalainen

mikko1995 11-28-2012 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Tuomaz (Post 56086815)
Really? Imo Ristolainen can easily score about 40 points and more if he hits his upside.

Sure, he can hit 40 points, but points don't tell everything about offensive skills. I find Brent far better than Rasmus with the puck in his stick (not that Rasmus is bad either, he makes a very solid first pass).

I think Rasmus can become a #1 D in the NHL, but IMO he's a lot more likely to be a great physical #2 who chips in 30-35 points; and there's no shame in that.

Hynh 11-28-2012 09:59 AM

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Originally Posted by AJMHABS (Post 56086785)
What's this kid's upside? #1 Dman? I would love him on the Habs next to Subban. :nod:

They're both righties so if you get him opposing coaches would have to pick their poison.

Sevanston 01-11-2013 11:09 AM

Saw this on Twitter just now.

@MaStrozyk
Rasmus Ristolainen just checked Jokerit F Tomi Mäki into the bench. Just an FYI. #NHLDraft

Joe MacMillan 01-11-2013 11:15 AM

And he got called for charging. :laugh: SM-liiga refs are a joke, that was a nice, clean hit. Wasn't even close to charging. :shakehead

Jati 01-11-2013 11:50 AM


ManByng 01-11-2013 01:15 PM

Ristolainen is the 2nd best d-man available in the draft, has the potential to be a #1 d-man and would make a great Oiler! ;)

SI90 01-11-2013 01:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Jati (Post 57439825)

Damn kids huge!!

Those Jokerit jerseys rock :silly:

LOFIN 01-11-2013 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by StrongIslanders90 (Post 57444045)
Damn kids huge!!

Those Jokerit jerseys rock :silly:

And the best thing about his size is, he actually uses it. Makes the best and strongest hits from the whole TPS team IMO. It's rare to see a Finnish D who's strong with the puck AND also has the frame and the will to use it. You see this guy in every scrum after whistle, if there is one. Not taking **** from anyone, loved how he gave Ruutu some facewashes at games against Jokerit (didn't see this one so don't know if he did here).


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