Russell was placed on waivers Monday.
Russell is on the Oilers' roster fringe, so it's unclear where exactly he'll end up if he goes unclaimed on waivers. He featured in a fourth-line role last year with five helpers in 45 games. The 28-year-old winger may begin the year in the minors with AHL Bakersfield or on the taxi squad.
Russell's loan with Rungsted Seier Capital of Denmark's Metal Ligaen is over, as he is in training camp with the Oilers, Dustin Nielson of TSN 1260 reports.
Russell was a depth player for the Oilers last year, accumulating five assists and 64 hits in 45 appearances. It's tough to envision a way for the 27-year-old winger to see anything more than bottom-six minutes, especially with Jesse Puljujarvi back in the fold.
The Oilers have loaned Russell to Rungsted Seier Capital of Denmark's Metal Ligaen for the beginning of the 2020-21 campaign.
Russell appeared in 45 games with the Oilers this campaign, picking up five helpers while posting a minus-11 rating over that span. The 27-year-old winger will be recalled ahead of next season's training camp, but he'll continue to be a rotational player without much offensive upside in 2020-21, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.
Russell put pen to paper on a one-year, $700,000 deal with Edmonton on Monday.
Russell failed to register a goal in 45 appearances for the Oilers this season, though he did manage five assists, 58 shots and 64 hits along the way. The Dane won't offer much in terms of fantasy value next season considering his limited offensive upside.
Russell has been a healthy scratch in his last five games.
As the Oilers have gotten players back from injury, Russell has lost his fourth-line role to James Neal. The 27-year-old Russell has just five assists to go with 64 hits and 58 shots on net in 45 contests this year. He's not likely to make an impact in fantasy.
Russell registered an assist in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
Russell set up Connor McDavid for the game-winning tally at 16:14 of the second period. The assist snapped a 20-game point drought for Russell, who now has five helpers and 53 shots in 42 appearances this year. He'll continue to serve in a limited, bottom-six role going forward.
Russell is pointless in his last 18 games.
Russell is seeing consistent time in the lineup during Zack Kassian's suspension, but the former has yet to do anything with his opportunity. In Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins, he skated just 3:31 in a fourth-line role, tallying a hit and a shot. He's at four assists, 53 shots and 61 hits through 40 contests -- the 27-year-old has almost no fantasy value.
Russell has no points since Nov. 24.
The Danish winger has appeared in only 14 of the 27 games the Oilers have played in that span. Russell is stuck on four assists with 54 hits and 48 shots on goal through 35 appearances. The 27-year-old is a fringe player for the Oilers and a non-factor in fantasy.
Russell produced four hits and two shots on goal in 10:46 during Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Predators.
Russell entered the lineup with Zack Kassian starting a two-game suspension. Russell has been a healthy scratch in the last six games. The 26-year-old Dane has 41 shots and 45 hits to go with four helpers in 31 appearances this season, but he's had a hard time getting out of the press box lately. With Jujhar Khaira seemingly in coach Dave Tippett's doghouse now, Russell has the opportunity to make an impact to earn more regular playing time.
Russell has no points and a minus-3 rating in his last eight games.
The winger has frequently been a healthy scratch this season. He's managed only four assists, 36 hits and 35 shots on goal in 29 contests. When Russell plays, it's almost exclusively in a bottom-six role, which gives him very little fantasy value.
Russell was a healthy scratch for Sunday's game versus the Sabres.
Russell had appeared in seven straight games, registering an assist in each of the first two. His run in the lineup coincided with injuries to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian, both of whom returned Sunday. Russell may be a more frequent press box attendee in the near future -- he's sitting on four assists, 31 shots on goal and 33 hits through 26 contests.
Russell produced an assist and two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes.
Russell had the lone helper on a Markus Granlund tally in the third period. Both wingers have been heating up lately, with Russell posting all four of his assists this season in his last six games. The 26-year-old has added 29 shots on goal, 26 hits and six PIM in 21 contests.
Russell managed an assist and three hits in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Russell helped out on a Markus Granlund goal in the second period. The 26-year-old winger has found a groove recently, with three assists in his last five appearances. Russell has added 26 hits and 28 shots on goal this season from a bottom-six role.
Russell notched an assist, two hits and four blocked shots in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Sharks.
Russell's lofty number in blocks matched defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell in the contest. The Danish-born winger has both of his assists this year in his last two games. Russell has added 21 hits, 15 blocked shots and 26 shots on goal in 17 contests.
Russell collected an assist in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.
The winger snapped his 15-game pointless run this season (21 games dating back to last year) with a helper on Zack Kassian's second-period goal. Russell still won't turn heads with 19 hits and 25 shots on goal in 2019-20, but at least he's broken the goose egg.
Russell has no points in 14 appearances in 2019-20.
The 26-year-old winger has managed only 16 hits and 20 shots on goal this season. Russell is currently filling in for Josh Archibald (foot) on the fourth line, but the latter is nearing a return. When that happens, Russell may be a frequent healthy scratch or he could be sent down to AHL Bakersfield.
Russell has no points in eight appearances this season.
The winger has served as a healthy scratch three times, as coach Dave Tippett tries to find the right balance for his bottom six forwards. Russell is averaging 11:48 per game and has produced 13 shots on goal, nine blocked shots and eight hits, but a little offense would go a long way to securing his position in the lineup.
Russell has gone without a point in three contests this year.
Russell has also found himself in the press box as a healthy scratch in three of the Oilers' six games. He's serving as forward depth after earning a spot on the Opening Night roster due to his strong performance in training camp.
Russell signed a one-year contract extension with the Oilers on Tuesday.
Russell spent most of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Bakersfield, notching 18 goals and 40 points in 51 contests, but he also got his first taste of NHL action, going scoreless while averaging 8:47 of ice time per game in six appearances with the Oilers. The 26-year-old winger will likely once again spend most of the upcoming season in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
The Oilers assigned Russell to AHL Bakersfield on Thursday.
Russell only averaged 8:49 of ice time during his two-game stay with the big club, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. He'll return to a prominent role with Bakersfield, where he's notched five goals and 11 points in 12 appearances this season.
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