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RD Rasmus Ristolainen (2013, 8th overall, Buffalo)

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01-11-2013, 02:57 PM
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Could be the next Aki Berg.


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01-11-2013, 03:23 PM
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Really liked what I saw at the WJC. I think he's got the makings of a 2-way stud. Would be a great partner for our beloved Morgan Rielly.

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01-11-2013, 04:01 PM
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Yeah, I want this guy on the Hawks badly.

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01-11-2013, 04:07 PM
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Yeah, I want this guy on the Hawks badly.
Me too.

It's as easy as making Emery the starter all season. Though I guess then we'd have a decent shot at Jones too.

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01-11-2013, 04:17 PM
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Me too.

It's as easy as making Emery the starter all season. Though I guess then we'd have a decent shot at Jones too.
Yeah, it's tempting, that's how good this guy is. And it's funny you mention that because I've thought since we got him, man, if a team wanted to tank, all you have to do is pick up Emery and run his ass out there every game. I thought a team like Toronto might try it last year.

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01-11-2013, 04:27 PM
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And he got called for charging. SM-liiga refs are a joke, that was a nice, clean hit. Wasn't even close to charging.
As clean hit as you can have...

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01-11-2013, 05:28 PM
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Yeah, it's tempting, that's how good this guy is. And it's funny you mention that because I've thought since we got him, man, if a team wanted to tank, all you have to do is pick up Emery and run his ass out there every game. I thought a team like Toronto might try it last year.
or Khabby-bulin! the Oilers found out how badly this guy can play when he's over used!! we'll trade him back to you!

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01-11-2013, 05:51 PM
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Does he compare to Pitkanen in any way? I haven't watched him, but just by reading some of the HF scouting reports, he sounds similar.

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01-11-2013, 06:04 PM
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Does he compare to Pitkanen in any way? I haven't watched him, but just by reading some of the HF scouting reports, he sounds similar.
Ristolainen will have much more toughness in his game. I think Pitkanen - even though a big body - plays kinda soft.

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01-11-2013, 06:09 PM
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Kind of what I thought. Similar to Pitkanen in his skating and puck moving, but hands down more of a physical payer.

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01-12-2013, 05:19 AM
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Ristolainen will have much more toughness in his game. I think Pitkanen - even though a big body - plays kinda soft.
This. Also, doesn't really have as good skating ability as Pitkänen. Joni is elite RR55 is good.

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This. Also, doesn't really have as good skating ability as Pitkänen. Joni is elite RR55 is good.
If Pitkanen had better hockey IQ he would be perennial Norris candidate.

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01-12-2013, 06:02 AM
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I wouldn't compare his game to Brent Burns or Joni Pitkanen. His playing style reminds me more of a Brent Seabrook.

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01-12-2013, 10:02 AM
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If Pitkanen had better hockey IQ he would be perennial Norris candidate.
It's not about his hockey IQ but more of his personality. He isn't IN the game all the time and that makes him #2, not a true #1 he has potential to be. He's also injury prone which makes it more difficult for him to play as good as he could.

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01-12-2013, 10:33 AM
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This is illeagal hit in FEL. No wonder there comes soft europeans in NHL, when they are teached to avoid any contact. I fear that Ristolainen just skates away next time he has opportunity to tackle someone. It's a long road to learn NA style, when u have to learn it from zero. Maybe he goes NA as soon as possible and not so much damage has done.



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This is illeagal hit in FEL. No wonder there comes soft europeans in NHL, when they are teached to avoid any contact. I fear that Ristolainen just skates away next time he has opportunity to tackle someone. It's a long road to learn NA style, when u have to learn it from zero. Maybe he goes NA as soon as possible and not so much damage has done.


Have you seen any Finnish hockey or players?

The referees are inconsistent, but the players generally aren't soft.

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01-12-2013, 03:30 PM
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SM-liiga has turned into a very soft league over the past few years. Their reputation of being the most physical league in Europe is fading away rather quick if they keep running the league like this. That Ben Amor-Peltonen incident made things even worse; now they have completely disallowed fighting and basically every big hit is being called as a penalty.

Now that the lockout is over, I don't have to watch this bush league anymore only to satisfy my hockey urges.

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01-12-2013, 03:51 PM
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I don't mind banning fighting (in SM-liiga) and other dirty plays because imo it's not part of finnish/european hockey. Or if it is, whatever, I won't miss it. As long as the league remains competitive and is producing talented hockey players I'm quite satisfied.

That RR hit was clean and the call was ridiculous, but I am not worried because I watch SM-liiga enough to know it's still physical (one of the more physical ones) and hitting is far from banned. This was a bad call, get over it.

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01-12-2013, 04:40 PM
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I'd be absolutely thrilled to add Ristolainen to the Canadiens prospect pool.

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01-13-2013, 04:55 PM
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I am hoping the Wild manage to add this guy to their pool somehow. He'd fit like a glove.

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01-14-2013, 03:20 AM
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I'm a TPS fan and been following the kid since Junior B. While I'm a huge fan of Ristolainen, I have to admit as a former d-man myself, that he seems to be one of those players with all the tools in the world, but no tool box. He has good and constantly improving mobility for a big guy, and moves the puck very well. He also plays physical in every zone of the ice and defends the goalie in every situation. But the biggest problem in his game is the defensive awareness. Sometimes he is just completely lost in his own end, which makes me worry, if he will ever learn to become a reliable defensive player in the NHL. With all that being said, I think he is a lock to become a top-4 defenseman, who paired with a defensive rock will be able to play big minutes in a big role. I'm not sure he has the smarts to become a #1 Dman, but still a player who can be an important complementary piece of the team puzzle.

Comparable players: Brent Burns, Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski

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01-14-2013, 08:52 AM
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Seems like he's got great strength for his size. Great clean hit that.

Top 10 pick and probably #2 D-man available?

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01-14-2013, 08:57 AM
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I'm a TPS fan and been following the kid since Junior B. While I'm a huge fan of Ristolainen, I have to admit as a former d-man myself, that he seems to be one of those players with all the tools in the world, but no tool box. He has good and constantly improving mobility for a big guy, and moves the puck very well. He also plays physical in every zone of the ice and defends the goalie in every situation. But the biggest problem in his game is the defensive awareness. Sometimes he is just completely lost in his own end, which makes me worry, if he will ever learn to become a reliable defensive player in the NHL. With all that being said, I think he is a lock to become a top-4 defenseman, who paired with a defensive rock will be able to play big minutes in a big role. I'm not sure he has the smarts to become a #1 Dman, but still a player who can be an important complementary piece of the team puzzle.

Comparable players: Brent Burns, Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski
This. I`ve also seen him play live countless of times and it worries me that he gets cought out of position a lot. He is good in the offensive zone, physical etc, but sometimes it looks like he doesnt know how to play D...

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Could be the next Aki Berg.

scouting is much better these days....the world is now covered like a blanket, so the chances of another Aki Berg being drafted high in the 1st round is pretty remote now. not impossible for sure, but getting more remote.

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