2009-10: Kyle Jean originally slated to begin his college career with Lake Superior State, Jean returned to the Traverse City Northstars for a third season in the NAHL. He skated in 34 regular season games, scoring 15 goals with 11 assists and was minus-four with 47 penalty minutes. In the playoffs the Northstars reached the Robertson Cup round robin tournament after winning the North Division title. Jean scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-eight with 4 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games.
2010-11: Jean skated in 38 of 39 games for Lake Superior State as a freshman. He scored his first (and only) goal of the season in October against Northern Michigan and finished plus-two with 13 assists and 45 penalty minutes. The Lakers finished eighth in the CCHA and fell to Notre Dame in three games in the CCHA quarterfinals.
2011-12: Jean scored 12 goals (second only to Nick McParland's 14) in his sophomore season at Lake Superior State. He was also second on the Lakers with 54 penalty minutes in 39 games and was plus-three with 3 assists. The Lakers were eliminated in the CCHA quarterfinals for the second straight season after finishing in seventh place. Invited to the New York Rangers development camp, Jean signed a two-year entry-level contract in July 2012 and will forego his final two years of college hockey.
2012-13: Jean skated in 73 of 76 games for Rangers AHL affiliate Connecticut in his first pro season. After getting off to a fast start (Jean scored 4 goals with 5 assists in his first seven games) his offensive production slowed as the season went on (three assists in his final 24 games). Jean finished the year with 9 goals and 14 assists and was -2 with 47 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points despite finishing second in the Northeast Division.