Report: Islanders will let prospect Russo walk


The New York Islanders won’t sign prospect Robbie Russo, instead allowing him to become a free agent, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

Russo, 22, was a fourth-round pick (95th overall) in 2011. He just finished up his collegiate career at Notre Dame, where the team viewed the defenseman as a “key catalyst in the Irish attack.”

It seems like Russo is just getting lost in the shuffle, with what was not an especially impressive standing in the Islanders’ defensive prospect ratings at Hockey’s Future. Still, his numbers were solid at Notre Dame (41 points in 40 games last season), so perhaps he’ll draw some interest on the free agent market.