Ben Ryan joined the Des Moines Buccaneers for the 2005-06 and helped them capture the Clark Cup. Returned for the 2006-07 season and was the third leading scorer. He played for the western team at the 2007 USHL Top Prospects/All Star game where he won player of the game honors. Scored just over a point per game in his two year career with the Bucs.
2007-08: After two seasons in the USHL, Ryan was recruited by the University of Notre Dame (CCHA). In his rookie season, he recorded 26 points (10g+16a) in 47 games. The center played in all of the Irish’s games this year and finished fourth on the team in scoring.
2008-09: Ryan skated in 39 games in his sophomore season at Notre Dame, scoring 12 goals, 15 assists for 27 points.
2009-10: Ryan appeared in 29 games with Notre Dame before a shoulder injury derailed his junior season. He scored 7 goals, 12 assists for 19 points before the injury.
2010-11: Ryan made his pro debut with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals after concluding his four-year college career at Notre Dame. He had 1 assist and was +1 in two regular season games for the Admirals and skated in 6 of 13 playoff contests with Milwaukee, finishing -1 with 2 PMs. Ryan skated in all 44 games for Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish were one of the big turnaround stories in college hockey. He scored 6 goals with 19 assists and was a career-best +9 with 37 PMs. After finishing second to Michigan in the CCHA regular season standings and falling in the conference tournament semifinals, the Fighting Irish captured the NCAA Northeast Regional to reach the Frozen Four.
2011-12: Ryan got off to a rough start in his first season of pro hockey – missing nearly two months with a foot injury and splitting the season between Nashville's AHL affiliate Milwaukee and the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones. He skated in 23 regular season games with the Admirals, scoring 3 goals with 3 assists and was plus-one with 6 penalty minutes. Milwaukee faced Abbotsford in the first round of the playoffs after finishing second in the North Division. Ryan skated in 2 of 3 playoff games and was plus-one with no points or penalty minutes. He opened the season with Cincinnati and had 2 goals with one assist in three games before being recalled by Milwaukee. Following his injury he skated in four February games with the Cyclones and was minus-four with 1 assist.
Ryan is a hardworking forward who tries to make the most of his opportunities. Moves the puck well and has good vision. He needs to work on his shot selection and the physical side of his game.
Ryan will start his second season at the AHL level in Milwaukee but could find himself playing in the ECHL if he can't pick up his offensive production. The NHL lockout has better players playing for the Admirals to start the year and the winger really needs to show more improvement in his overall game.