- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The latest in a series on the top prospects of the Dallas Stars looks at goaltender Tyler Beskorowany, who played for the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League this past season.
Texas, which missed the playoffs for the first time in its three-year history, had a rough season, and so did Beskorowany. He posted a 10-19-0 record with a 3.39 goals against average and .886 save percentage.
It was a step back for the 22-year-old, a second round pick (59th overall) in 2008, who was in his second professional season.
“If you were to ask him he would be disappointed in his season. He had moments where he looked like he was going to grasp it, but he really never got a hold,” said Les Jackson, Dallas Stars Director of Player Personnel. “I am sure he is frustrated with the way the season went. He had a great opportunity to take the net when we got Richard (Bachman) up to the big team, but he kind of floundered all year.”
After Bachman was called up to Dallas in late November, Beskorowany won five of his first nine starts, but then he struggled the rest of the season, posting a 4-11-0 record with a 3.99 goals against average and .875 save percentage.
Beskorowany, who has excellent size (6-4, 212 pounds) and quickness, made only one relief appearance over the final few weeks of the season as highly touted Jack Campbell joined the team after his junior career finished and started Texas’ final 12 games of the season.
“It will be interesting to see how (Beskorowany) preps this summer, how he takes the lessons from last year and how he learns from them and moves ahead,” Jackson said. “He’s at a crossroads of his young career. He’s going to have to find out how bad he wants to be a pro and how bad he wants to be a player.
“He certainly has the physical tools to be a player; it’s going to be whether he’s dug in enough mentally to decide that he wants to put the work in and how bad he wants this. He's got a lot of questions to ask himself about how bad he wants to be a player.”
Beskorowany will enter next season in the third and final year of his entry-level contract.
Background on Dallas Stars prospect Tyler Beskorowany.