2010-11: Joakim Ryan had a successful rookie year in the USHL for the Dubuque Fighting Saints where he scored three goals along with 29 assists and an okay minus three rating in 53 games. The American-born player has competed internationally for Sweden as he grew up play hockey in that country and his mother is Swedish-born. Ryan and the Fighting Saints won the Clark Cup to be the Champions of the USHL. He contributed two goals along with three assists and an excellent plus six rating in the 11 playoff games.
2011-12: Ryan had an outstanding first year at Cornell University where he set a new record for goals in a season by freshman defensemen with seven in 34 NCAA games. He finished the season with 17 points and a good plus two rating. The puck moving defender had an easier transition to the NCAA level after playing a full season and winning a Championship with Dubuque in the USHL.
2012-13: Ryan was the top offensive defensemen for Cornell in his sophomore season and led all Big Red skaters with 20 assists. He scored 3 goals and was -2 with 12 penalty minutes in 34 games. Cornell finished tied for ninth in ECAC Hockey but was 4-1-1 in its final six regular season games and pushed first place Quinnipiac to three games in the conference quarterfinals after sweeping Princeton in a preliminary series.
Joakim Ryan is an undersized defenseman with incredible powers to his legs and a good offensive arsenal. He reads the play well and his shot is hard enough and low to the ice that it can be very deceptive for goaltenders. Given his size, defense will always be somewhat of a struggle. Right now he copes to the situation by utilizing his speed, but for him to succeed at the professional level, he will need to bulk up considerably otherwise he could only be considered a powerplay specialist.
Ryan will spend this season at Cornell improving his strength and conditioning as he tries to improve the defensive portion of his game in his junior season.