Posted: Sunday June 30, 2013 4:11 PM

Sabres select D Ristolainen with 8th pick in draft

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres have selected Finnish defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen with the eighth pick in the NHL draft.

Listed at 6-foot-3 and 201 pounds, Ristolainen is regarded as a hard-hitting player who also possesses a heavy shot. He had three goals and 15 points in 52 games in his first full season playing for Finland's TPS last season. Ristolainen has also combined for two goals and nine points in 13 games in each of the past two World Junior Championships.

Goran Stubb, the NHL's director of European scouting, described Ristolainen as one of the best young defensemen in Europe in his age group.

The Sabres follow up with another first-round pick, 16th overall, acquired in a trade that sent captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota in April.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Golden State Warriors Bryce Harper Paul Pierce Masai Ujiri
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint