He wasn’t on the ice for much of this season, but there is no denying Ryan Carpenter’s talent. Today, he officially is taking those talents to the next level, having signed a professional contract with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.
The 23-year-old Carpenter finishes his Bowling Green career with 79 points in 100 games. He was a two-time team co-captain, and was a preseason All-WCHA selection at forward this year.
However, he never had to opportunity to live up to that billing this season, as two separate injuries claimed all but 15 games of his junior season. Still, he tied for eighth on the team in scoring with 16 points in those games.
A junior, Carpenter had one season of eligibility remaining.
“So lucky to sign my first contract with the San Jose Sharks,” Carpenter wrote on his Instagram page. “Couldn’t do it without God, my family, my girlfriend, coaches, teammates and friends. Been an amazing three years here at Bowling Green and so hard to leave because of the relationships that I have made here. Amazing how fast it goes and excited for the journey ahead.”
Carpenter came to BG for the 2011-12 season, having posted 45 points in 59 games the previous season with Sioux City of the USHL. However, he made an immediate impact, posting 30 points in 44 games and helping the Falcons reach the CCHA semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena. His improvement continued last season, with 18 goals and 33 points in 41 games.
The terms of the contract were not immediately available as the Sharks had yet to officially announce the deal. According to a release from the BGSU athletic department, Carpenter will join San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass.