Beskorowany looking forward to important development year
Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 2:52 PM CT / News
By John Tranchina
He may be flying somewhat under the radar right now, but Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Tyler Beskorowany remains determined to make his mark on the organization and eventually stake his claim to a future NHL roster spot.
Beskorowany, the Stars’ second-round selection (59th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, demonstrated impressive progress during his just-completed first professional season.
And although 2010 first-round pick Jack Campbell has received the bulk of the attention among Dallas netminding prospects, Beskorowany remains highly-touted by club management.
In a season split between the AHL’s Texas Stars and ECHL Idaho, the 21-year-old Beskorowany had his share of ups and downs, but overall delivered a strong performance that has him on the verge of full-time AHL duty for 2011-12.
“It was a good learning curve for me,” said Beskorowany, who sparkled with Idaho, registering a 2.35 goals-against average and a stellar .928 save percentage in 20 games, posting a 10-5-4 record. “Coming into the ECHL with Idaho, I played a lot of games, I saw a lot of shots and just getting that jump up to the AHL, that was a big step for me. It wasn’t in the plans for last year, so I’m one step ahead of my learning curve, my route to the NHL.”
“Overall, I think his season was pretty good in the sense that he played very well in the ECHL, he came up and played some good games in Texas,” noted Les Jackson, the Stars’ Director of Scouting and Player Development. “He had some good bumps, which are good learning bumps. You take the raw package, what he has and the potential - it was a good season.”
After serving as the everyday starter in Idaho, Beskorowany was called up to the AHL several times when veteran Brent Krahn was injured and wound up watching a lot of games from the bench as second-year pro Richard Bachman’s backup. Still, Beskorowany considered the experience a valuable component of his education process, as his 7-8-1 record, 2.58 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 18 AHL games indicated.
“Just being up there and getting the knowledge from Brent Krahn and Richard Bachman (was important),” said the 6-foot-4, 208-pound native of Sudbury, Ontario. “Bachs has basically gone through the same things I have, so he helped me out quite a bit last year, with getting yo-yoed up and down from the ECHL to the AHL. It was a little bit of a mental challenge for me, going from playing every night to not playing much, maybe once every two weeks or so. And you go down and it’s back to every night. It’s all challenges that I know I’m going to face in my future, so it’s definitely a good start.”
Beskorowany hopes that future includes a full-time AHL roster spot in Texas this coming season, and aims to exceed management’s expectations that he’ll continue as Bachman’s backup.
“We’ll have a real good summer with him and we’ll get him ready to go in Texas next year again,” Jackson said of Beskorowany.
“It’s definitely to split time with Bachs there this year and maybe even stealing that starting position from him,” said Beskorowany of his aspirations for 2011-12. “He’s definitely earned it from last year and he’s got the trust from the players and the respect from the teammates and the coaching staff, so I just have to keep working hard and maybe steal that spot from him.”
And with Campbell one year away from turning pro, Beskorowany will need to get used to having to battle for playing time, something the organization is happy to facilitate, because it means they will always have hungry goaltenders at the top of their game.
“Competition’s always the best thing internally, and over the years, we’ve always had that,” Jackson stated. “I think we’re in a real good situation - we’ve got three real good young goaltenders, so as Jack Campbell and Tyler and Richard move ahead, we could be sitting real good for the next six, seven years.”
For Beskorowany to hold up his end of the bargain, he believes the main thing he needs to work on is the same thing that just about every young player has to focus on.
“As far as my game is concerned, I need to basically just work hard and come in and perform every day,” said Beskorowany, whose .928 save percentage would have led the ECHL if he’d played enough games to qualify for the league’s official list. “Consistency is obviously something that every goaltender needs, whether it’s in the NHL, AHL, KHL or right down to junior - it’s something that everyone needs to work on. You can never have enough consistency.”
Beskorowany demonstrated some of his growing maturity at the Stars’ week-long development camp, which wrapped up last week at the McKinney Dr Pepper StarCenter. As one of the ‘veterans’ in his third appearance at the annual summer prospect gathering, Beskorowany took it upon himself to serve as somewhat of a guide to some of the newer members of the organization.
“I come in here being a leader,” said Beskorowany, who made his AHL playoff debut for Texas this past spring, allowing one goal on eight shots in 20 minutes of relief duty in Game 1 of the Stars’ first-round loss to Milwaukee. “I remember my first time coming in here and not knowing anybody and being kind of lost and always looking around for rides, so I try to be a leader and make everybody feel comfortable. I let them know whenever they need anything, come see me, and I’ve grown comfortable with the training staff and the coaches and whatnot.
“It’s been all-around good for everybody, the younger guys and the older guys, to get a little bit of a head start on the next year, with the off-ice training and the food stuff that Gary (Roberts) has brought to us. It’s a lot of knowledge that will take a lot of guys a lot farther.”
Beskorowany hopes that approach will land him in Dallas eventually.