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Robbie Russo Signs with Detroit Red Wings

Matt Dewkett

Saturday marked the day that all drafted outgoing college seniors not signed to an NHL contract became free agents. The most highly-coveted of that group was Notre Dame senior defenseman Robbie Russo, who became a free agent after not signing with the New York Islanders.

The Detroit Red Wings wasted no time, announcing that they had signed Russo to a two-year entry-level contract.

Russo was the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NCAA last season, tallying 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points. We ranked Russo as the 55th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA last season.

Russo is expected to start next season with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.