DALLAS STARS SELECT FIVE PROSPECTS AT THE 2008 NHL ENTRY DRAFT; GOALTENDER TYLER BESKOROWANY TAKEN WITH THE TEAM’S FIRST SELECTION
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – The Dallas Stars selected five new prospects at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft Saturday in Ottawa. Rounds two through seven were held today at Scociabank Place, home of the Ottawa Senators.
Dallas selected goaltender Tyler Beskorowany
with the 59th overall pick. It marked Dallas’ first pick of the draft, as the Stars did not have a pick in Friday night’s first round. Beskorowany played for the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League this past season, appearing in 35 games with a 4.04 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage.
“Tyler is a big player who is technically sound and has a real good understanding of the goaltender position,” said Tim Bernhardt, the Stars’ chief amateur scout. “He has good athleticism and lots of room for potential development.”
Beskorowany (pronounced Bess-core-aw-nee) is a native of Sudbury, Ontario.
“It’s a tremendous honor for me to be drafted by the Dallas Stars,” he said. “I know a little bit about the team and the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to continue working and developing my game to hopefully one day play at the NHL level.”
When asked about what his strengths are, Beskorowany said “reading the play and communication, which is a big key. Hopefully that will continue to improve.”
Stars scout Rob DiMaio saw Beskorowany play several times this season.
“He is very agile and smooth with really good size,” said DiMaio. “He has a good glove hand and really competes hard.”
The Stars selected center Scott Winkler
with the team’s third round selection (89th overall). Winkler played for Russell Stover in the Kansas City area as part of the U.S. Midget League, putting up some impressive numbers: 40 goals and 52 assists for 92 points in 70 games.
“Scott has very good size and sees the ice well,” said Stars North American scout Bob Gernander. “There are no shortcuts to his game and he is very determined offensively and defensively. He plays a physical game with a lot of detail and he has good vision of the rink.”
Norwegian-born, Winkler also played for his home country of Norway at the World Junior Championships.
“He shows good potential across the board,” said Stars Europen scout Matti Kautto. “He’s a smart player who shows a lot of upside and skill. He was one of Norway’s best players at the World Junior Championships.”
The Stars did not have a fourth round pick due to the Darryl Sydor trade with Tampa Bay a couple of summers ago. The team drafted defenseman Philip Larsen
with their fifth round pick. A native of Denmark, Larsen is a two-way defenseman who continues to improve and move up from in the Swedish leagues as he gets older.
“Philip has been in Sweden for three or four years and he is making his way through the Frolunda system which is a solid organization,” said Kautto. "He has a lot of offensive upside and he moves the puck really well. Philip is a very smart player and should see more time in the elite league in the near future.”
“He is a two-way defensemen who in a lot of ways is a Stephane Robidas
type,” added Kari Takko, Dallas’ director of European scouting. “Philip has a lot of potential and we see him playing that kind of game in the future. He really stood out playing with Denmark at the World Under-20 Championships this past season.”
The Stars selected center Matthew Tassone from Swift Current with their sixth round selection.
“Matthew has a really god balance of skill and toughness,” said Stars scout Dennis Holland. “He’s a hard-nosed kid who doesn’t take any shortcuts. He’ll stand up for his teammates and plays a physical style.”
Defenseman Mike Bergin
was Dallas’ final pick of the day in the seventh round. A defenseman from Smith Falls of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League, Bergin will play hockey at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) next season.
“Mike is a strong skater with a physical side,” said Stars scout Jimmy Johnston. “He's a big kid that is made for today's game. Mike is a skilled defenseman who can run a power play and moves the puck extremely well. He is going to play college hockey at RPI, so that'll be good for him to continue his devlopment.”
The Stars scouting staff were pleased with the five prospects they were able to draft at this year’s event.
“We were able to draft some good kids today,” said Bernhardt. “Our staff works hard every year and it all comes together for the draft in June. We feel good about the players we drafted today and look forward to continuing to watch them develop and hopefully one day play for the Dallas Stars.”