Kris Russell
D EDM
4 days ago

Russell recorded two shots on goal and blocked one shot in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to Washington.

EDGE Analysis

So far this season Russell has put up four points in 17 games, very close to his 13 point output in 68 games in 2016-17. While Russell will likely maintain similar point production this season, his real strength lies in shot blocking -- he's already blocked 41 after leading the NHL in the category last season.

Kris Russell
D EDM
1 month ago

Russell opened the scoring and added an assist in Saturday's loss to Vancouver

EDGE Analysis

The Oilers' top offensive players were shutdown by Vancouver, but Russell was able to contribute some offense from the blueline. The 30-year-old is more known for his shot blocking and defensive play, but he does possess some offensive characteristics and sees power-play time. Grab him in a deeper format if you're looking for someone who sees lots of ice time and produces scoring every now and then.

Kris Russell
D EDM
1 month ago

Russell picked up where he left off last season, blocking seven shots in Wednesday's win over Calgary.

EDGE Analysis

With the emergence of young defenders in Edmonton, Russell's minutes aren't likely to be huge. His 17:36 of ice time was the lowest mark among the team's six defenders. Low ice time and not being a part of the power play are a concern. But Russell will block a lot of shots, and that has value in certain formats.

Kris Russell
D EDM
5 months ago

Russell agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Edmonton on Friday worth an average annual value of $4 million. John Shannon of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Russell apparently met with the Golden Knights but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement. Instead, the 30-year-old will return to the Oilers for another four years. Injuries short changed the blueliner's 2016-17 campaign as he logged just 68 outings in which he tallied 13 points. In each of his previous two seasons, Russell has been unable to stay healthy which has kept him below the 20-point threshold -- a possible red flag for fantasy owners.

Kris Russell
D EDM
5 months ago

Russell has not agreed to terms on a contract with the Golden Knights, effectively eliminating him as the expansion selection from Edmonton, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Russell expressed interest in staying with the Oilers at the end of the season, so it should come as no surprise he will wait until free agency opens up July 1 in hopes of securing a deal. The 30-year-old won't offer much in terms of fantasy value regardless of where he lands when you consider he has failed to reach the 20-point mark in back-to-back seasons.

Kris Russell
D EDM
6 months ago

Russell, a pending unrestricted free agent, wishes to remain with the Oilers.

EDGE Analysis

Russell has played for four different clubs since the Blue Jackets made him a third-round pick in 2005. He garnered a one-year deal with Edmonton, notching 13 points in 68 regular-season games, as well as four in 13 over the course of the postseason. Russell's bread and butter comes in the form of blocked shots -- he had a whopping 213 of those this year -- and that skill is quite transferable if he happens to wind up with yet another organization for the 2017-18 campaign.

Kris Russell
D EDM
7 months ago

Russell notched a couple of assists in Sunday's Game 3 loss to the Ducks.

EDGE Analysis

It was the first points of the playoffs for Russell, who has been relied on more defensively in Edmonton. He blocks shots and logs solid minutes on the team's second defensive pairing with Andrej Sekera, but there really isn't much else he offers from a fantasy perspective. The 29-year-old only collected 13 points in the regular season, so look elsewhere if you're searching for offensively-minded blueliners.

Kris Russell
D EDM
7 months ago

Russell blocked five shots in Edmonton's series-clinching win over San Jose.

EDGE Analysis

Russell collected 27 blocked shots in the opening-round series, which is second among all players in the postseason and a full six blocks better than Dan Girardi in third. That's about the only value Russell has had in fantasy, though. He has no points, seven shots and a minus-1 rating in the playoffs.

Kris Russell
D EDM
8 months ago

Russell will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's home game against Detroit, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old defenseman will watch from the press box Saturday after playing in five straight contests since returning from a mystery injury. Over the past five games, Russell tallied one goal and added 10 blocked shots, which is his specialty. By sitting out, he opens the door for Eric Gryba and Matt Benning to record some playing time.

Kris Russell
D EDM
9 months ago

Russell scored the game-winning goal against Florida on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

After missing five games with an undisclosed injury, Russell returned to the lineup Tuesday and had a minimal impact. His third-period tally was the difference Wednesday, though, and it was actually the 29-year-old rearguard's first goal of the season. Russell hasn't moved the needle offensively this season, but fantasy owners can still count on his willingness to block shots -- he averages 3.0 per game.