2008-09: Ryan Stanton skated in 69 of 72 games for Moose Jaw in his third WHL season and led all Warriors defensemen in assists (34). Stanton also scored five goals and was third on the team with 111 PMs. Stanton's plus/minus (-40) was at least partially attributable to the struggles of the team as a whole: Moose Jaw won just 19 games.
2009-10: showed some offense, scoring 40 points in 59 games to lead all team defensemen. He scored seven times on the power play and had 10 total goals on the year, more than he scored in his first three years combined. He dropped the gloves five times while earning 81 PIMs. In the playoffs, he registered six assists with a minus-six rating as Moose Jaw was ousted by the Calgary Hitmen in seven games. The overager played in all situations for Moose Jaw this season. Stanton dressed in two regular-season games in Rockford and got his first professional point with an assist.
2010-11: Stanton played his rookie pro season in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs, scoring 3 goals, 14 assists for 17 points in 73 games. He finished third among the team's blueliners in points while leading the unit with a plus-9 rating on the season. Stanton, who emerged as a top-pairing defender alongside Brian Connelly, earned the team's Most Improved Player Award for his efforts.
2011-12: Stanton spent his second pro season with Chicago's AHL affiliate Rockford. The only player to play in all 76 games for the IceHogs, Stanton was a solid stay-at-home presence on the defensive end. He scored 3 goals with 14 assists and was minus-four. His 130 penalty minutes were second-most on the IceHogs behind forward Brandon Bollig (163). Rockford missed the AHL playoffs.
Stanton is a physical defenseman. Though he is known more for his tough defensive play, the 6'2 205-pound blueliner is not afraid to pitch in offensively. Does not possess a ton of skill, but plays a smart, steady game.
Stanton is one of the steadiest hands that Rockford has at their disposal on the blue line and he should continue to play in a top-four role for the IceHogs in 2012-13.