Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tyler Beskorowany looks to build on solid first professional season
By Mark Stepneski
Goaltending prospect Tyler Beskorowany’s 2010-11 season didn’t go exactly as the Dallas Stars had planned, but it turned out to be a positive for the young netminder.
Beskorowany was expected to spend the season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL, where he would get plenty of games under his belt in his first professional season. But an injury to Texas Stars starter Brent Krahn bumped Beskorowany up to the AHL, and he ended up getting some valuable experience.
“He handled it great,” Dallas Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley said of Beskorowany. “Every time he went in there he handled it really well. He had a couple games where he struggled but he bounced back strong all the time. We were extremely happy with the way he played in the American League. It bumped up his development a year. It was great.”
Beskorowany’s season started in Idaho, where in his first professional game he stopped all 24 shots he faced in shutting out the Victoria Salmon Kings. He ended up playing 20 games with the Steelheads, posting a 10-5-4 record, 2.35 goals against average and .928 save percentage. He was the goaltender of the month in the ECHL in February and played in the ECHL All-Star Game.
In his backup role in the AHL, the 21-year-old Beskorowany, a second round pick (59th overall) in 2008, posted a 7-8-1 mark, 2.58 goals against average and a .921 save percentage as the backup to Richard Bachman.
“It was a good experience, that’s for sure,” Beskorowany said. “I was in the same boat Bachman was [in 2009-10]. He spent some time in the ECHL and then got the bump up to the AHL. Look where he is now. He’s made some big steps and that’s something I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year.”
The only drawback to Beskorowany moving up to the AHL so quickly was that he didn’t get to play as many games as the Stars would have liked.
“At the same time, when you get pushed up to that next level there are positives to that as well as long as things go well,” said Valley. “You never want to push somebody too quickly; you need to make sure they have success where ever they are playing. He handled it really well, so it turned out good.”
Said Beskorowany: “I’m still young, so all I wanted to do was get in as many games as I could. The ECHL was that next step and to be able to get that jump up to the AHL last year was really good for me, just to see the differences level to level. I know it’s going to be just as much going to the next level.”
The Stars like Beskorowany because he has something you can’t teach, which is size. He’s listed at 6-4, 208 pounds. He’s quick and he covers the bottom of the net well. There’s still a lot to work on, he said, as he tries to climb the team’s goaltending depth chart.
“For a big guy it’s always tough to get that side-to-side movement. Mainly the mental part I know is what it takes to get to that next level and it’s definitely something I’ve got to work on these next couple of years,” Beskorowany said. “Like I said, I am still young so I’ve got a lot to work on yet. I know Mike Valley is going to be there to work with me. He’s done a great job with a lot of his goalies. He’s really helped me out a lot.”
Beskorowany and Jack Campbell will be the goaltenders for the Stars at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan in September. Then it is on to training camp in Prince Edward Island. Beskorowany is expected spend next season in the AHL, where he and Bachman are expected to be the guys in net for the Texas Stars. Based on the experience he and Bachman went through last year in Cedar Park, the Stars think they are in good shape.
“When Krahn got hurt it was a setback for him, but for our group of goalies it worked out well,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development. “Richard got more games and Tyler got more experience. It was a win-win for us.”