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Beskorowany looks to bounce back

Last season was a rough one for Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Tyler Beskorowany, but he’s looking to take the positives from the experience and move forward.

Wednesday, 08.8.2012 / 11:05 AM CT / Feature
By Mark Stepneski
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Beskorowany looks to bounce back

Last season was a rough one for Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Tyler Beskorowany, but he’s looking to take the positives from the experience and move forward.

“I didn’t have the outcome that I wanted, but I still took a lot out of last year,” Beskorowany said. “Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to really develop as a player and a goalie. I really feel I developed and taken a lot out of the last season.”

The Stars are hoping Beskorowany can take the experience and bounce back this season, which will be a big one in his career.

“It’s a really big point. It’s a really big point for him to show that he can take that next step,” said Dallas Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley. “We fully expect that he can. I believe in him. But he needs to show everybody he has the ability to take the next step that he needs to take right now.”

Beskorowany, who will be in the final year of his entry level contract, has the tools to be a quality goaltender. He’s big (6-5, 205 pounds), can cover a lot of net and is quick. But those tools didn’t come together last season.

And not much came together for his team – the Texas Stars – which finished last in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference and 29th out of 30 teams in the entire league.

Beskorowany’s numbers were a reflection of the team’s woes: 10-19-1 record, 3.39 goals against average and a .886 save percentage.

“It was a weird season,” he said. “We had a new coaching staff and a lot of new faces last season. Maybe we didn’t jell or buy into the system as much as we could have. And that was all around, from the goaltenders out.”

Despite Texas’ struggles, there was still a big opportunity for Beskorowany. When Richard Bachman was called up to Dallas in late November, Beskorowany had a chance to seize the No. 1 goaltender’s spot, but was unable to grab the reins. He won five of his first nine starts after Bachman headed north, but after that he went 4-11-0 with a 3.99 goals against average and .875 save percentage. And once Jack Campbell joined Texas after wrapping up his junior career in late March, Beskorowany played just 40 minutes.

“Personally, I don’t know,” Beskorowany said. “It was just a weird season all around.”

There’s nothing the second round pick (59th overall) in 2008 can do about last season now. It’s in the books. What the Stars want to see is how he responds, and they liked what they saw when the 22-year-old Ontario native showed up at the team’s development camp in July.

“We sent him home at the end of the year with a real firm message that you have to prepare, you have to get in shape and you have to get serious about your profession,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “He showed up here lean and trim. I think he’s done his work in the offseason.”

“I know he went home with the attitude of digging in his heels and working hard. He hired a personal trainer and he put himself in great shape,” Valley said. “Now, it’s a matter of coming in and battling. As you can see, we’ve got a battle going on.”

With the addition of Christopher Nihlstorp, signed as a free agent out of Sweden, Dallas has five goaltenders under contract for this season – Kari Lehtonen, Bachman, Campbell, Nihlstorp and Beskorowany. There are two spots open with Dallas and two with Texas.

“I feel like I am battling for that spot in Dallas,” said Beskorowany. “They just acquired Nihlstorp and they have Bachs up there. There’s a lot of competition with Campbell there as well. It’s interesting.”



Jackson said Beskorowany will have his hands full with the competition and could end up playing with the Idaho Steelheads, the Stars’ affiliate in the ECHL.

“Somebody has to be in the ECHL and, after last year, quite likely (Beskorowany) is going to have to go back there,” said Jackson. “He’ll need to show us that he is going to be the best player at his position at that level, and then challenge the following year for Texas.”

This season will be Beskorowany’s third as a pro. His first one, which was the 2010-11 season, was stellar. He posted a shutout in his first pro start with Idaho, and registered a 2.35 goals against average and .928 save percentage in 20 ECHL games. He played well in Texas that season as well, getting into 18 games and putting up a 2.58 goals against average and .921 save percentage.

He wasn’t able to build on that performance last season, but 2012-13 will be a chance to get back on track and Beskorowany hopes to make the most of it.

“It’s a big opportunity for me right now this season. It’s the last year on my contract. I’ve got a lot to prove and haven’t shown it yet,” Beskorowany said. “I may have slipped on an opportunity last year when Bachs got called up, and I definitely don’t want to lose another opportunity.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 148 152 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 52 23 26 3 136 150 49
14 EDM 54 21 28 5 132 164 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 53 28 31 15 59
T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
J. Klingberg 53 8 35 14 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 53 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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