NAHL alum Bednard signs NHL contract
April 2, 2019
Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced that the club has agreed to terms with goaltender Ryan Bednard on a two-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2019-20 season.
"Ryan is a big, athletic, young goaltender who had an excellent year for Bowling Green," said Tallon. "Among some of the top goaltenders in college hockey this season, Ryan showed tremendous growth. He adds further depth to our organization at the goaltending position and we look forward to him continuing his development with the Florida Panthers."
Bednard, 22, completed his junior season with Bowling Green State University (NCAA), owning a 20-8-4 record, 1.77 goals against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts over 32 games played. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound native of Macomb, Mich., ranked fourth in the nation for goals against average, tied for ninth in wins and tied for 10th in save percentage.
Named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Third All-Star Team, Bednard helped the BGSU Falcons reach the 2018-19 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament and WCHA Championship game.
His season ended on Saturday night with the Falcons losing, 2-1, to defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth in overtime in the Midwest Regional semifinal. He made 40 saves in the defeat.
Bednard played in the NAHL during the 2014-15 season for the Johnstown Tomahawks. As a rookie, he led Johnstown with 37 games played, 16 wins and posted a 2.66 goals against average with a .913 save percentage. Bednard also played in the 2015 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.