Rasmus has logged a lot of minutes for this team. Yes he has made his mistakes, but when you compare him around the league he is one of the top Right handed defenseman around.
Category. number ranking all defense ranking right hand defense
Hits 206 #9 #3
blocked shots. 111 #80 #31
give aways. 47 #82 #34. (not a lot of give aways for the amount of minutes played
ice time per game. 26:30 min. #4 #3
Goals 6 #81 tied for 30th
assist 35 #22 #13
Points 41 #27 #15
So although it seemed that Risto had a horrible year, statistically it wasn't that bad. I don't look at plus/minus that much when you are on a horrible team. So offensively he would be a Number 1 right handed defenseman on about half the teams in the league. I want to see him develop some more this year, but I am not giving up on Risto yet.
I think the top 4 looks bright for the future with Dahlin, Risto, and Guhle. Let them all play this year and develop a chemistry as a unit.