2006-07: In his second season with the U. of Minnesota (WCHA), Ryan Stoa tallied 12 goals and as many assists in 41 appearances, along with a personal best 44 penalty minutes. On top of winning the WCHA title, he competed with the US National U20 Team, where he tallied a goal and two points in seven games at the WJC, and took home a Bronze Medal for his efforts.
2007-08: After appearing in only two games, recording a goal and an assist in the process, Stoa suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 13 against Michigan. He was named team captain for the University of Minnesota entering the 2008-09 season.
2008-09: The University of Minnesota captain netted a career-high 24 goals, including four short-handers (1-out-of-5 in NCAA), and 46 points (led club and WCHA) in 36 games this season. His 76 penalty minutes were another personal best and he was named to the WCHA All-Star Team and a First-Team All-American for his play this season. He was also named as the club’s MVP and won its Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. He played alongside Jordan Schroeder (VAN) and Jay Barriball (STL). He’ll be with Lake Erie (AHL) next season for his first look at professional hockey.
2009-10: Stoa made his NHL debut in December and was called up four times by the Avalanche, appearing in 12 games, in his first pro season. Averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time, he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -3 with the Avalanche. He played in one playoff game and had 2 PMs. In 54 games with Lake Erie (AHL), he scored 23 goals with 17 assists and was -4 with 42 PMs. Ten of his 23 goals were scored on the power play.
2010-11: Stoa split the season between Lake Erie and Colorado – opening the season in the AHL before joining the Avalanche in January. Stoa played in 25 games with Colorado; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists with a -4 plus/minus and 20 PMs – averaging 13 minutes of ice time. In 48 AHL games with Lake Erie he scored 16 goals with 17 assists and was +5 with 55 PMs. In seven playoff games with the Monsters he scored 1 goal and was -2 with 4 PMs.
2011-12: Stoa spent his entire third pro season in the AHL after seeing NHL time with the Avalanche the two previous seasons. He was the third-leading scorer for Avalanche affiliate Lake Erie; scoring 16 goals with 20 assists and finishing minus-six with 65 penalty minutes in 75 games. Lake Erie just missed the playoffs; finishing third in then North Division. Stoa signed a free agent contract with the Capitals in July, 2012.
Stoa is a power forward with prototypical size and a heavy shot. The big, bruising forward can play both center and left wing and is at his most dangerous around the net. A great finisher, Stoa has been plagued by inconsistent play at the pro level.