2007-08: Ryan Spooner was drafted fifth overall by the Peterborough Petes in the first round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.
2008-09: In his OHL rookie season, Spooner scored 30 goals and added 28 assists for 58 points for the Peterborough Petes. He added 1 assist in four OHL playoff games.
2009-10: In 47 games for the Petes, Spooner scored 19 goals and added 35 assists for 54 points. In 3 playoff games for the Petes, Spooner notched 1 assist. Spooner played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game where he scored the game-winning goal in Team Cherry's 4-2 victory.
2010-11: Spooner opened the season with Peterborough and was leading the Petes in scoring before leaving the team after 14 games and requesting a trade with the Petes languishing in last place in the Midwest Division. After being obtained by East-division Kingston, he went on to finish second in scoring for the Frontenacs despite appearing in just 50 games with his new club. In a combined 64 games between the two clubs, Spooner scored 35 goals with 46 assists and was -4 with 8 PMs. In Kingston's five-game, first-round playoff loss to Oshawa, he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 2 PMs. Two of his four goals came on the power play. Following the OHL playoffs, Spooner made a positive first impression in an AHL stint with Providence; scoring 2 goals with 1 assist and posting a +2 plus/minus in three games. Spooner signed an entry level contract with Boston in July 2011.
2011-12: Spooner finished the year on an up note – once again making a positive impression for AHL Providence after joining the P-Bruins following the OHL season. In five games he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus. Providence missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division. Spooner was a consistent scorer in the OHL despite a bout of mononucleosis (which kept him out of the World Junior Championship) and a mid-season trade from Kingston to Sarnia. Spooner was one of the few bright spots for Kingston in the first part of the season, scoring 14 goals, including 7 short-handed goals, with 18 assists in 27 games on a Frontenac team that would finish last in its division. Following the trade in early January, he scored 15 goals with 19 assists and was minus-four with 8 penalty minutes in 30 games for the Sting. Sarnia finished second in the West Division but were upset by third-place Saginaw in a six-game playoff series. Spooner scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-six with eight penalty minutes in the playoffs.
Slick, fast and creative, Ryan Spooner is an offensive-minded, puck-possession player. Masterful at carrying the puck, making defenders miss with paralyzing one-on-one moves and then finding the open man. He’s the kind of player who makes his linemates better. Praised profusely by Boston’s head coach Claude Julien for his intelligence. But in junior has shown a tendency to hot dog and lose focus on his defensive assignments.
Spooner was the surprise of Boston’s training camp last fall, making it all the way to the final cut. He’s a year older, stronger and more developed now. But the competition will also be tougher. If he doesn’t make it he has a good chance to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships this winter. His playing style is reminiscent of Claude Giroux though he may not have quite that high an upside.