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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, 08.08.2012 / 12:05 PM / 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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 63 23 37 -3 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 63 15 37 -5 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 60 16 17 -10 33
J. Klingberg 49 10 23 1 33
C. Eakin 60 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 57 9 17 -9 26
A. Goligoski 63 2 24 1 26
A. Roussel 61 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 25 2 .900 3.30
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