Ryan Bednard

Hometown:

Macomb Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Junior

Birthday:

1997-03-31

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

7th round (206th overall), 2015

Weight:

179 lbs.

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History

2012-13: Ryan Bednard appeared in three games with the Little Caesars U18 team in Michigan and played high school hockey for St. Mary’s Prep in Orchard Lake. He was 1-1-1 with 1 shutout and had a 3.33 goals against and .737 save percentage in three games for Little Caesars. An MIHL honorable mention selection as a sophomore at St. Mary’s, he was 5-7-1 with 1 shutout in 13 games and had a 2.73 goals against and .892 save percentage. 

2013-14: Bednard played for the Victory Honda midget minor team, sharing the goaltending duties with Jorgen Johnson. In 18 regular season games he was 12-6-0 with 4 shutouts and had a 1.62 goals against and .939 save percentage. Bednard was invited to the USA Hockey Warren Strelow National Goaltending Camp in May. 

 2014-15: Bednard spent the bulk of the season with  the NAHL’s Johnstown Tomahawks and made a cameo appearance for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. Bednard made his only appearance with Youngstown in a January 4th game against Des Moines, making the start and stopping 32 of 36 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Buccaneers. He played in 37 of 60 games for Johnstown as the Tomahawks finished fifth in the North Division, missing the NAHL playoffs. Bednard was 16-6-6 with 1 shutout and had a 2.66 goals against and .913 save percentage. He skated for Team Grier in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and in October 2014 he committed to playing college hockey at Bowling Green in 2016-17. Ranked 22nd amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was selected by Florida in the seventh round (206th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Bednard played for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL and was in net for the USA at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. He was 22-8-5 with two shutouts appearing in 39 games and had a 2.38 goals against and .918 save percentage. the Phantoms finished fifth in the East Conference, seven points behind Bloomington for the final playoff spot. In three games for the bronze medal USA squad he had a 1.88 goals against and .889 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Bednard is a 6-foot-4 goaltender who fits the mould of the new-age goaltenders frequently filling up nets in the NHL. He has decent size but is very raw and needs to continue refining his game before he is considered a prospect capable of playing in the NHL.

Future

Bednard played for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms in 2015-16 before beginning his college career at Bowling Green State University next season. Sophomore Chris Nell was named the Falcon's top defensive player this past season so Bednard may have to wait his turn. Long-term Bednard has the tools to be a professional goalie and should have the time to develop during his college career.

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