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Barracuda Sign Three Players to Professional Tryout Agreements

January 14, 2021 - American Hockey League (AHL) - San Jose Barracuda News Release

San Jose, Ca - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), proud AHL (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) along with general manager Joe Will announced today the team has signed defensemen Robbie Russo and Chaz Reddekopp (@chazreddekopp) and goaltender Samuel Harvey to professional tryout agreements.

Russo, 27, skated in 53 games with the Tucson Roadrunners in 2019-20, collecting a pair of goals and 17 assists, while serving as an assistant captain for the Coyotes top affiliate. During his five-year professional career, Russo has appeared in 324 AHL games between Grand Rapids and Tucson, totaling 161 points (29 goals, 132 assists), 227 penalty minutes, and a plus-75 rating.

In addition, during the 2016-17 season, the six-foot, 190-pound Westmont, Illinois, native appeared in 19 games with the Red Wings. That same year, Russo helped the Grand Rapids Griffins capture a Calder Cup Championship.

Prior to turning pro, the fourth-round pick (95th overall) of the New York Islanders in 2011 spent four seasons at Notre Dame.

Reddekopp, 24, skated in 22 games for the Ontario Reign in 2019-20, totaling one assist and 55 penalty minutes. The West Kelowna, British Columbia, native also appeared in 17 games for the ECHL's (@ECHL) Fort Wayne Komets, scoring one goal and adding six assists.

The six-foot-three, 225-pound left-shot blueliner was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2015 NHL Draft (round seven, 187th overall).

Harvey, 22, spent 2019-20 at the University of New Brunswick, where he appeared in 16 games for the Reds, going 14-2-0, with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. The season prior, his final of junior hockey, the six-foot, 185-pounder appeared in 43 games with the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, going 35-8-0, with a 2.08 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and four shutouts, guiding the Huskies to a Memorial Cup Championship. In the postseason that year, he notched a 16-4 record with a 1.97 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and four shutouts.

During his five-year career with Huskies, the Alma, Quebec, native appeared in 199 games, going 129-46-14, with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage, along with 15 shutouts.

Harvey was coached by Barracuda goaltending coach Dany Sabourin and was a teammate of Sharks' 2018 sixth round pick, Zachary Emond, in Rouyn-Noranda.

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