Robbie Russo

by bigjoehighgate on August 19, 2016

 

 

 

Robbie Russo, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 190

Born: 1993-02-15

Hometown: Westmont, Ill., USA

Draft: Signed as free agent by Detroit in 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

August 2016 - The new kid on the block in Grand Rapids is pushing his way to the top of the pack of Red Wings’ defensive prospects. Finishing with five goals, 39 assists in his rookie season with the Griffins, as well as a league-leading plus-40 rating, Russo is the new offensive dynamo in the farm system and one of the best puck-movers from the back end. Another top-end product of the United States National Development program, the right-shot D-man has shown constant improvement since he left the USHL and embarked on his journey through college hockey. In 142 games with Notre Dame, Russo racked up 92 points over his four seasons there and captured a conference championship in his sophomore year. Tremendously skilled at driving the play up ice, Russo isn’t afraid to jump deep into the offensive zone and create pressure on opposing defensemen.

 

The jump to the American Hockey League from NCAA hasn’t intimidated the 23-year-old at all, as he’s kept his mean streak and physical game up playing at the next level. Absolutely lethal from the point when he uses a combination of expert vision and patience to put the puck on net and create scoring chances, it’s not a surprise the former Notre Dame captain has quickly jumped up the Griffins’ depth chart. A valuable asset on the power play, Russo should see his ice time on the man advantage increase this year and will surely be a staple on the Griffins’ blueline in the future. Joseph Highgate

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

 

Projected as a middle-pairing defender, Russo has not yet hit his ceiling and will continue to develop through his second season of pro hockey.

 

 

Footage:

 

 

Using patience and precision, Russo finds the middle of the ice and puts a quality shot on net:

 

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