2009-10: Ryan Culkin skated for the Lac Saint-Louis Lions midget AAA team in Quebec. In 19 regular season games he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and 10 penalty minutes and in 21 playoff games had 1 goal with 1 assist. Culkin was selected by the Quebec Remparts in the seventh round (122nd overall) of the 2010 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Culkin played 40 games for Quebec in his first QMJHL season. The Remparts finished with the third-best record during the regular season and Culkin chipped in with 6 goals and 5 assists and was plus-one with 12 assists. Quebec reached the playoff semifinals and Culkin’s role steadily increased. He skated in all 18 playoff games and was plus-seven with 5 assists and 4 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Culkin appeared in 60 games for the Remparts in his second season. He scored 6 goals with 19 assists and was plus-nine with 28 penalty minutes. Quebec reached the second round after finishing third in the East Division during the season. In 10 playoff games Culkin had 7 assists and was plus-nine with 8 penalty minutes. He was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 66th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
2012-13: Culkin skated in 67 games for Quebec in his third QMJHL season. He scored 5 goals with a career-high 40 assists and was +28 with 46 penalty minutes. The Remparts finished third in the East Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Culkin scored 2 goals with 4 assists in 11 playoff games and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes.
A hard-working two-way blue liner, Culkin has steadily improved during his time in the QMJHL. A strong skater with a low panic threshold, these skills serve him well at both ends of the ice. Sometimes guilty of trying to do too much on the ice, he has good size and has become more confident moving the puck as well as carrying it on the rush.
Culkin returns for his fourth season with the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) and has been appointed as team captain for the 2013-14 season. The defender had a career season last year with 45 points in 67 games, and he will be looking to build upon these totals. Culkin has excellent hockey IQ and ability to create plays for this team, and could use these attributes to his advantage as he advances in his career.