Ristolainen had struggled mightily offensively this season up to this point, his first in Philadelphia. He’s played just 11 points in 42 games, averaging 21:05 per game with a -12 rating. His +/- is second-worst among Flyers defensemen, exceeded only by power-play specialist Keith Yandle. His point production trails all of Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, and Yandle among Flyers defensemen.
One can’t just look at the points production for Ristolainen, though. Some better teammates have led to an improvement in his overall play-driving ability from his days in Buffalo, and his low point production is likely somewhat a result of bad luck, as it has been for much of the team. The same improvement can’t be said for his defensive game, however, as he continues to have one of the worst even-strength defensive impacts in the league.
It’s also tough news for the Flyers off the ice. Ristolainen is a pending unrestricted free agent, and potentially a solid piece of trade bait at the upcoming trade deadline. While Ristolainen was listed as day-to-day earlier this week, the injured reserve placement now is somewhat concerning. The team offered no further update on the severity of Ristolainen’s injury.