2009-10: Originally slated to skate for Cedar Rapids in the USHL, Garret Ross was impressive in the Saginaw Spirit's pre-season camp and decided to pursue the OHL route. Ross, skated in 43 games for Saginaw, missing time mid-season due to a knee injury. He was third on the Spirit with 103 penalty minutes and chipped in offensively, scoring 7 goals with 4 assists and finishing minus-one for the season. He skated in all six games during the Spirit's playoff series with Kitchener and was an even plus-minus with 12 penalty minutes. Ross was eligible for the 2010 NHL Draft but was not selected.
2010-11: Ross played an energy line role for Saginaw in his second OHL season as the Spirit finished first in the West Division. He was second on the Spirit with 111 penalty minutes and finished minus-six; scoring 6 goals with 9 assists. In the OHL playoffs, Saginaw reached the second round and Ross skated in all 12 playoff games; scoring 3 goals with 1 assist while finishing minus-eight with 8 penalty minutes. Ross went undrafted in the 2011 NHL Draft.
2011-12: Ross had a breakout year offensively while continuing to play a physical style in his third season with Saginaw. In 60 games for the Spirit he scored 25 goals with 29 assists and was plus-13 with 93 penalty minutes. Saginaw got off to a slow start but was one of the OHL's better teams in the second half of the season; finishing third in the West Division. In 12 playoff games Ross scored 6 goals with 4 assists and was plus-one with 23 penalty minutes. Ross was named the OHL's most underrated player in a poll of the league's coaches and named Saginaw's most improved player. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by Chicago in the fifth round (139th overall).
A brawler with a decent skill set, Garrett Ross could develop into a solid checking line player at the pro level. Despite not being overly big, he never backs down from a challenge and is a spirited, hard-working forward.
Drafted at 20-year-old in his third year of eligibility, Ross is eligible to play in the AHL with Rockford on either an AHL contract or NHL deal from Chicago. If he remains unsigned, the winger is also eligible for an over-age season in the OHL with Saginaw. If he does turn pro, Ross could provide some grit and fighting ability on one of Rockford's checking lines.