Step one for the Buffalo Sabres and the future is complete, and that is getting their first round draft pick, Rasmus Ristolainen under contract. General Manager Darcy
Regier announced today that the team has come to terms with the young defenseman.
Ristolainen’s immediate future is still not clear for the organization. While he has been involved with developmental camp - there is still the Traverse City Tournament, and training camp.
Ristolainen was touted by many to be the most NHL ready defenseman in the draft for the Buffalo Sabres, and he could be on the blue line as early as this season being an impact player.
In the press release issued by the Buffalo Sabres Darcy Regier said getting the first round draft pick under contract quickly was important so his development can be started.
Has Darcy tipped his hand on what is going to happen with his defensive corps? The Buffalo Sabres are deep when it comes to blue liners, and as it stands now with Christian Ehroff, Mike Weber, Alexander Sulzer, Tyler Myers, Henrik Tallinder, Mark Pysyk, and Brayden McNabb all at either the NHL or have paid their dues to start on the blue line – what is in the immediate future for Ristolainen?
If the Buffalo Sabres can’t find room in the top six for Ristolainen – he has already said he will return to Finland, where he is already playing with TPS in SM-liiga – the Finnish Elite League, the top professional hockey league in Finland.
Rasmus Ristolainen now has a contract with the Buffalo Sabres – yet Cody Hodgson remains unsigned.