Rasmus Rissanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 07/13/1991
DRAFTED: CAR: 2009-178 overall
2014-15 Season
Appeared in his first NHL season with Carolina, skating in six games on the NHL level… On the American Hockey League (AHL) level, had a career-high 11 points (1g, 10a) in 52 games for Charlotte… Earned points in consecutive games for the Checkers vs. Norfolk (11/18) and at Oklahoma (11/21)… Credited with a pair of assists at Texas (12/13)… Received his first NHL recall from Charlotte (AHL) on 3/2… Was (-2) and led the team with eight hits in his first NHL/Hurricanes game vs. MIN (3/6)… Exited the game at CBJ (3/15) with a lower-body injury and did not return… Missed the remainder of the season with a lower-body injury… NHL games missed due to injury: 14 (MCL: 3/17-4/11)…Was a healthy extra for: 1 game.

Had appeared in one NHL season with Carolina entering 2015-16… Selected by the Hurricanes in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft… Signed a three-year, entry-level contract on 4/4/11… Had 36 points (7g, 29a) in 240 career American Hockey League (AHL) games with Charlotte at the end of the 2014-15 season… Ranks second in career games played by a Checkers defenseman… Totaled 27 points (5g, 22a) and 192 penalty minutes in 139 career regular-season games with Everett of the Western Hockey League (WHL) prior to turning professional… Ranked 52nd on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list of international skaters for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but rose to 37th in the organization’s final rankings… Represented Finland at the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, helping the Finns upset Canada to earn a bronze medal… Appeared in six games for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, and was (+1).

Prior to beginning his North American career, had one goal, eight assists (9 points) and 66 penalty minutes in 34 career games for KalPa Jr. in the Finnish Junior League… Also played 38 games for KalPa’s U18 squad, earning eight goals and 10 assists (18 points) and totaling 127 penalty minutes.

Played his first season of hockey in North America, totaling 15 points (4g, 11a) in 71 games with the Everett Silvertips (WHL)… Was plus-18 on the season… Made his WHL debut at Seattle (9/18)… Netted a pair of goals vs. Portland (10/11)… Had an assist and was (+2) vs. Spokane (11/25)… Assisted on a goal and was (+3) at Kelowna (1/6)… Had an assist and was (+3) vs. Portland (2/17)… Made his WHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Kelowna (3/19)… Scored his first WHL playoff point with an assist in Game 5 vs. Kelowna (3/26).

Completed his second season with Portland (WHL), totaling 12 points (1g, 11a) in 68 regular-season games… Led the Silvertips in penalty minutes (89)… Had two-assist games vs. Vancouver (9/25) and at Swift Current (12/3) and a three-assist game at Tri-City (1/22)… Skated in all four of Everett’s WHL playoff games, as the Silvertips were swept in the first round by Portland… Netted a pair of goals in Everett’s 5-4 Game 3 loss vs. Portland (3/30)… Joined Charlotte of the American Hockey League (AHL) after signing an entry-level deal with the Hurricanes, and made his professional debut vs. Worcester (4/9).

Completed his first full professional season with Charlotte (AHL), totaling six points (3g, 3a) in 64 games… Recorded his first professional point, an assist on Drayson Bowman’s goal at San Antonio (10/29)… Picked up the first fighting major of his career when he dropped the gloves with Mike Angelidis at Norfolk (11/23)… Assisted on Zach Boychuk’s game-tying goal and was plus-2 vs. Hershey (1/11)… Scored his first professional goal, an unassisted tally with 6:34 remaining in the third period that held up as the game-winner, vs. Grand Rapids (1/15)… Missed six games due to injury (upper body: 2/25-3/11; lower body: 4/5).

Earned nine points (0g, 9a) in 61 games for Charlotte… Ranked third among Checkers with a career-high 84 penalty minutes… Had his first AHL multi-point game with a pair of assists at Peoria (10/28)… Recorded his second multi-assist and multi-point game with two helpers vs. Houston… Assisted on Zach Boychuk’s eventual game-winning goal at TEX (3/23)… Missed 14 games due to injury… Played in all five of the Checkers’ Calder Cup Playoff games, his first playoff games at the professional level… Led the team with 10 penalty minutes in the playoffs.

Established AHL career high in penalty minutes (91) and matched his career high in goals (3)… Ranked third on the team with 91 penalty minutes… Finished the season ranked third among AHL defensemen with 38 minor penalties… Opened the scoring at Toronto (11/19) with his first goal since 4/10/12 (77 games)… Racked up a career-high 17 penalty minutes vs. Rockford (12/7)… Missed 11 games due to injury from 12/10-1/3… Earned an assist and was a career-best (+4) vs. Texas (1/18)… Assisted on Greg Nemisz’ game-tying goal with 5:13 remaining in regulation of an eventual shootout win vs. NOR (1/19), giving him points in consecutive games (2a) for the first time in his career… Scored his first career power-play goal and was (+3) vs. Oklahoma City (1/24)… Was (+7) in eight January games.