The business major from R.I.T who idolizes Scott Niedermayer, loves ice cream, and the Shawshank Redemption has inked a one-way AHL only contract for the upcoming minor league season in Oklahoma City. Dan spent four years at R.I.T where overcame injuries to solidify his spot as one of the best defenders in Atlantic Hockey. He now takes a huge step in his young career.
After playing professionally in Stockton with the Thunder of the ECHL for much of the 2010-11 season, he raised a few eyebrows. Enough so that midway through the 2011-12 season he was upgraded to the Barons when they needed him the most (He’d split the season – 12 in Stockton & 31 in OKC). Following a PTO run where he flip flopped between the Thunder and Barons, Bill Scott placed Ringwald on a full sized contract last season. He had this to say of Dan and his play:
“Dan has played very well for us on each occasion that we brought him in from Stockton on a tryout basis,” said Scott. “His play on the ice and attitude off it has earned him this contract and we look forward to him being a big part of our team as we head into the home stretch of the regular season.”
An AHL contract to begin the season is something that Dan hasn’t seen in his days as a pro. He’s not a scoring defenseman, clearly, but what he does do is give a healthy dose of consistency. He’s a good skater and intelligent puck mover that helped backbone the latter half of the season for the Barons when they needed consistent defensive play.
Good move by the Barons to upgrade Dan, who was under the protected list of the Stockton Thunder. With the Zahn signing earlier this week, the Barons defensive core seems to be taking shape as much as it can in mid-July. The pieces that come next will likely be more akin to Ringwald. They’ll be low risk, inexpensive, and heavily leadership driven. And don’t count Bryan Helmer out of that mix just yet. More to come, I’m sure.