2008-09: Patrick Russell played at the men’s level in Denmark as a 16-year-old, appearing in 13 regular season games and six playoff contests with the second division champion Gentofte Stars. He scored 5 goals with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in the regular season and had 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in the playoffs. Russell scored 31 goals in 27 regular season games for the Gentofte U20 team and had 15 assists with 28 penalty minutes. In three U20 playoff games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists. Skating in eight games for the club’s U17 team Russell scored 15 goals with 10 assists.
2009-10: Russell played in Sweden with the Linkoping U18 team and played for the Denmark U18 team in the 2010 Division 1A World Junior Championship. He scored 16 goals with 11 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 30 regular season games and had no points and 2 penalty minutes in three games in the U18 Allsvenskan playoffs. Russell scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was +7 with no penalties in five games for Denmark at the D1A WJC. Host Denmark finished second after falling to rival Norway, 6-4, in the tournament’s final game.
2010-11: Russell played four games in the SuperElit League with the Linkoping U20 team and was one of the top scorers for the club’s U18 team. He played for Denmark in the U20 and U18 world junior tournaments. Russell had no points and 2 penalty minutes in limited time with the Linkoping U20 team. He scored 19 goals with 19 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games for Linkoping in U18 play. Linkoping finished fourth in the South Division, falling in the playoff quarterfinals. Russell scored 1 goal in three playoff games. He scored 7 goals with 1 assist and was +8 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for Denmark at the Division 1B U20 World Junior Championship. Denmark finished first in the five-team tournament. The Denmark U18 team also won a gold medal in its Division 1B tournament and Russell scored 5 goals with 9 assists in five games. Russell was ranked 140th amongst international skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings but was not selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.
2011-12: Russell missed most of the season, including the 2012 World Junior Championship, due to injury. He had 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in two games with the Denmark U20 team.
2012-13: Russell scored at a point-per-game pace in his final season with the Linkoping U20 team and served as a team captain for Denmark at the 2013 Division 1A World Junior Championship. He scored 18 goals with 18 assists and was +24 with 6 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games. Linkoping finished second in the SuperElit South Division, falling in the playoff quarterfinals. Russell had 3 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in five playoff games. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes in five games for third-place Denmark at the 2013 D1A WJC. Russell was selected by Muskegon in the seventh round (92nd overall) in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.
2013-14: Russell skated for the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks as a 20-year-old in his first season in North America — leading the Black Hawks with 29 goals in the regular season. He had 20 assists and was +21 with 40 penalty minutes in 55 games. Waterloo finished first in the Western Conference and reached the Clark Cup finals against eventual champion Indiana. Russell scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games.
2014-15: Russell was one of five players to skate in all 40 games for St. Cloud State in his freshman season with the Huskies. He scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes — scoring five of his seven goals on the power play. St. Cloud State finished sixth in the NCHC, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA West Regional after reaching the conference championship game against Miami. The Huskies defeated Michigan Tech, 3-2 in overtime, in the regional semifinal before falling 4-1 to North Dakota in the regional final.
2015-16: Russell was the third-leading scorer for St. Cloud State as a sophomore in his final season of college hockey. In 40 games he scored 20 goals with 21 assists and was +24 with 14 penalty minutes. The Huskies were one of the top teams in college hockey, finishing tied for second in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference before winning the conference tournament, defeating Minnesota-Duluth, 3-1, in the NCHC championship game. St. Cloud State was upset by Ferris State, 5-4, in the NCAA West Region semifinals. Russell signed a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton as an undrafted free agent in May 2016.
Russell is an offensively-inclined forward with a big shot and high-end stick handling and passing skills. He is not overly combative in tight spaces but has the size to ward off defenders. His positional awareness and responsibility in all three zones is still developing.
Russell was a consistent scorer for St. Cloud State as a sophomore in 2015-16. After signing an entry-level contract with the Oilers in May 2016, he will attend his first NHL training camp looking to earn a roster spot. He is likely to start the 2016-17 season in the AHL. Long-term he projects as a second or third line scorer.