Ryan Bayda was born December 9, 1980 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The second choice, 80th overall selection of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Bayda is a graduate of the WCHA's North Dakota Fighting Sioux.
An offensively gifted player, Bayda spent three seasons at North Dakota amassing 61 goals and 146 points, and capturing an NCAA Championship in 2000 before making his professional debut with the AHL's Lowell Lock Monsters following his final year at North Dakota.
In his first full season as a professional Bayda spent the better part of the year with Lowell, amassing 43 points (11-32-43) in 53 games while seeing action in 25 games with the parent club in Carolina. After getting a taste of the NHL in 2002-03, Bayda continued to hone his skills in the AHL in 2003-04 while seeing increased ice time in Carolina. During the lockout of 2004-05 Bayda returned to Lowell for a complete season where he suited up for all 80 games registering a total of 40 points. The following season saw the left winger compete in yet another AHL season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL before he was re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes as a free agent on August 4th, 2006.