Russo is likely to start the 2017-18 season with AHL Grand Rapids, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The Illinois native made his NHL debut this year, stabilizing the back line for the final 19 games. However, in order for him to carry fantasy value, Russo needs to evolve into more than an injury replacement option or someone that only sees game action when playoff hopes are diminished. Still, Khan made it clear in his latest report that Russo is ahead of Dan Renouf on the organizational depth chart, so there's something to be said about that.

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