Dallas Stars Draft Spotlight: Rasmus Ristolainen
The 2013 NHL Draft takes place this Sunday live from New Jersey, which the Dallas Stars' have several options to look at. One in particular is the Finnish born 6'3" 210lbs defensemen Rasmus Ristolanien. Making his debut for SM-Liiga (Finnish Elite League) in 2010-11 season at the age of sixteen, Rasmus would join TPS Turku, but would stay mainly with their U20 as well as their U18 clubs.
After officially making the TPS Turku team, Ristolanien would play in 40 games and would later go on to represent Team Finland in the World Junior Championship games. In eight games with TPS, Rasmus would average around twenty minutes of ice time and would end up with 3 goals 5 assists with a -21 in the plus/minus department. On to the world stage Ristolanien eventually would help Finland win the bronze medal in U20.
Moving on to the 2012-13 campaign Rasmus would get more ice time in his second season with TPS, playing 52 games finishing third among defensenmen in scoring. Ristolanien also represented Finland in Ufa, Russia for the 2013 World Junior Championship, however Finland was a surprising disappointment in the WJC with a seventh place finish.
Many scouts have had Rasmus Ristolanien ranked anywhere from third to fifth among European players during the mid point of this season. I really would like the Dallas Stars to take a good look at him, he has great a point shot along with the size and great offensive awareness. Also Ristolanien can be physical as well, he possesses all the attributes of a solid offensive defensemen and another bonus he is a right handed shot. The video below is just a peek at what this kid can bring to the table.