Updated: Ryan Bednard signs with Florida Panthers; foregoes senior season

By April 1, 2019 April 4th, 2019 Other News

Bowling Green, OH – The Falcons’ top goaltender, junior Ryan Bednard, signed with the Florida Panthers this afternoon. Bednard, who was 20-8-4 this season with a 1.77 goals allowed average and .927 save percentage this season, was drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Bednard steadily improved through his three seasons at Bowling Green en route to a career record of 39-19-8 with a 2.06 goals allowed average and .918 save percentage. The Macomb, Michigan native finishes his career in the BGSU record book with these numbers:

Season Records

GAA: 1.77 – ’18-’19 (1st), 2.25 – ’17-’18 (5th)
SV%: .927 – ’18-’19 (2nd), .916 – ’17-’18 (T-7th)

Career Records

GAA: 2.06 (1st)
SV%: .918 (2nd)
SO: 7 (T-2nd)

Bednard’s departure leaves sophomores Eric Dop and Brett Rich as well as expected incoming recruit Zach Rose as the Falcons’ netminders.

Bednard’s contract with Flordia is a two year, entry-level┬ádeal. He’ll spend the rest of the ’18-’19 season with the Springville Thunderbirds on an amateur try-out (ATO) deal. His entry-level contract will begin for the 2019-2020 season.

Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.