Robbie Russo

by markmhillier on February 12, 2018

Robbie Russo, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-0

Weight: 195

Born: 1993-02-15

Hometown: Westmont, Ill., USA

Draft: Signed as free agent by Detroit in 2015








February 2018 – After signing a two-year deal with the Red Wings, Russo continues to toil away for Grand Rapids as a top two offensive defenseman at the AHL level. If a spot opens up on the big club either due to injury or trade, Russo stands a high chance of getting the call. Russo is a puck moving offensive defenceman who can run a power play at the AHL level. The question is whether this will translate to the NHL if he gets the chance, but the potential is there. Russo remains a middle-pairing NHL prospect with offensive upside. Mark Hillier


August 2017 – Calm, smooth skating defender who made his NHL debut last season with the Red Wings when Ryan Sproul's season ended early due to an ACL injury. In 19 games with the big club the right handed defenseman failed to register a point and wasn't able to make much of an impact. Russo then returned to Grand Rapids where he later won the Calder Cup. His role with the Griffins has continued to grow and he has become one of the leaders on their back end. In his second season with Grand Rapids last year Russo matched his rookie season ppg of 0.55 but was unable to improve on that production. He has tallied 71 points in 129 regular season games in his first two seasons in the AHL. The Red Wings still have not signed Russo, partially due to salary cap concerns, but if/when they do he should be an early call up if injuries occur and will likely challenge for a roster spot in the not-so-far future. Jameson Ewasiuk

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 played in 19 games for the Red Wings last season and has had two successful seasons in the AHL. He will look to push for a full time NHL roster spot in the near future.



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


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