There are lots of approaches fans of any sport can take to tracking prospect development, from my "what happens happens" school to the people who have a ton of fun tracking every turn of every guy in the system.
But one thing everyone can agree on is the most important part of development is where it puts the player at the end of his path. It doesn't really matter if a guy has a single off year in the AHL or college if he ends up as an NHL regular.
And what I find fascinating is when people who consider themselves "in the know" about prospects completely disagree with each other, which happened last weekend when a Texas Stars ticket-holder and freelance writer Ross Bonander took very public exception to comments Les Jackson made about goalie Tyler Beskorowany.
Either Jackson is wholly ignorant of the situation in Cedar Park, or he is on the receiving end of misleading or terrible information from General Manager Scott White, or he is deliberately banging the gong on Beskorowany, for reasons only he could say. It doesn’t much matter; the organization is hanging the kid out to dry and he doesn’t deserve such repulsive and shameful behavior.
As far as I can tell, this is the quote Bonander has an issue with, from Mark Stepneski's series over at ESPN Dallas.
"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."
You all can debate amongst yourselves who is right in this case (or the fact that neither of them are necessarily right here - the Stars were likely looking for very specific things from Beskorowany that were not dependent on statistics or wins and losses while Bonander is addressing some other issues).
After the jump, wrapping up the Stars turn at the World Championships, the art of the deflection and the playoff edition of hockey hugs.
- None of the Stars made it out of the quarterfinals at the WCs, and Mike Heika has a very fair take on how each of the individual performances stacked up. He also raises some interesting points about how that might translate to some concerns if and when the Stars find their way back to the playoffs. [DallasNews.com]
- In a short profile that seems much less likely to draw a blogger's ire, Mark took a look back at Jamie Oleksiak and his first season in the fold. [ESPN Dallas]
- Continuing on the prospect theme of today, the official site gives us a pretty decent look at the development curve of Patrick Nemeth. [DallasStars.com]
- Brandon has grand plans for our own top prospect rankings, but here's yet another take on the top players in the Stars system. [The Hockey Writers]
- I have to admit, I have absolutely no memory of Brad Berry as a Dallas Stars player, though it was slightly before my entry into the fandom. But I do enjoy seeing the Stars alumni doing well in the hockey world. [Grand Forks Herald]
- Joe Nieuwendyk's quote in this article about deflections first put this story on my radar. But I'll admit that I'm linking it because of this turn of phrase: "Trying to save a deflected shot is akin to playing Whac-a-Mole with a toothbrush." [New York Times]
- Still on the coaching carousel after all this time are the Calgary Flames, which might not be a bad thing. [Calgary Herald]
- The Los Angeles Kings failed to close out the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday, sending the Western Conference Finals back to the desert. And my favorite writer over at Backhand Shelf explains why you shouldn't have quite that much faith in the Kings just yet. [Backhand Shelf]
- This popped up late last week, but I always link the hockey hugs because they are awesome. [Puck Daddy]
- For some reason, the fine folks over at ESPN won't let me embed this interview with Mike Modano. But if you're wanting to relive the memories of the Stanley Cup run, check it out. [ESPN Dallas]