2010-11: Ryan Collins skated for the Minneapolis Park bantam team in Minnesota and was selected by the Portland Winterhawks in the eighth round (174th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
2011-12: Collins skated in the Upper Midwest Elite HS league in the fall and was part of Benilde-St. Margaret’s Class AA state champion high school team in the winter. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and had 9 penalty minutes in 22 fall games. The sophomore scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +11 with 8 penalty minutes in 29 games for the Red Knights; who defeated Hill-Murray 5-1 in the championship game. Collins was selected by Green Bay in the 21st round (315th overall) of the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Collins joined the USA National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI — skating for the NTDP’s U17 squad — and represented the USA in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 2 goals with 7 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 56 games. An assistant captain for Team USA at the WHC he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and had 4 penalty minutes as the USA won a bronze medal. In October 2012 he committed to playing for the University of Minnesota in 2014-15.
2013-14: Collins returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the NTDP. He was one of the leaders for Team USA at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in the fall. In his first 36 games he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was +5 with 12 penalty minutes. Collins played in the 2013 USA Hockey/CCCM All-American Prospects game and was ranked 32nd amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings prior to the 2014 NHL Draft.
Collins is defensive defenseman whose size and skating ability make him effective in his own end of the ice. His reach and positional awareness allow him to prevent opponents from creating scoring changes and he has a strong first pass to start the transition.
Collins projects to being a shut-down defender with a limited offensive game but with the type of defensive awareness and size that NHL teams covet. Set to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15, he should continue to develop and mature in all areas of his game.