By John Vogl
The Sabres hoped to have Rasmus Ristolainen in the organization next year, but it appears the only way that will happen is if he makes Buffalo’s roster.
After the Sabres drafted the Finnish defenseman eighth overall last month, they said he had no contractual obligations overseas. Thus, if he didn’t make the Sabres, it appeared the team could develop him in Rochester.
“I think no,” Ristolainen said today at development camp. “I’ve got a contract with my hometown team.”
The native of Turko, Finland, has spent the past two seasons in the Finnish elite league with TPS Turko. It appears he will head back there if he does not make Buffalo's roster -- unless the Sabres make him an offer he can't refuse.