Rylan Kaip played for three years in Tier II juniors for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, then moved on to the University of North Dakota. Attended Thrashers Prospect Development Camp for the first time in 2004.
2005-06: Kaip wrapped up a sophomore campaign that saw him see regular duty on the Fighting Sioux’s third and fourth lines. He played much of the latter portion of the season alongside fellow NHL prospects Andrew Kozek (ATL) and Matt Watkins (DAL). He posted right points (three goals, five assists) in 42 appearances. It took until his 60th career game before Kaip finally posted his first (and second) career goals. It came back on March 17th versus Wisconsin in the second round of the WCHA Final Five.
2007-08: Served as captain of the Fighting Sioux.
Kaip is a tenacious, high-energy player who thrives in the checking game. A top-notch penalty killer. He doesn’t shy away from the physical aspects of the game and loves to be a thorn in the opposition’s side. He has shown a willingness to pay the price in high traffic areas to make plays. He is fiercely competitive and is quite good along the boards and in the corners. He has proficient puck skills. He has demonstrated solid defensive zone responsibility and is willing to block shots as well.
Kaip will have a solid pro career, but perhaps not in the NHL.