Stars junior prospects 2009-10 review

By Mike Farkas

WHL

Scott Glennie, RW, Brandon Wheat Kings
Acquired: 1st round (8th overall) in 2009

Glennie has completed a third successful season with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), setting career highs in goals (32), assists (57) and points (89). It wasn’t Glennie’s most consistent season as there was quite a lull in the early and middle stages for various reasons, but the line of Glennie, Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert was reunited and produced tremendous results. Schenn and Calvert both walked away with 99-point seasons.

The Wheat Kings are rolling through the playoffs and are challenging Calgary for a right to play for the WHL crown. They will host the Memorial Cup, so they have an automatic bid to the dance. Glennie has recorded just 10 points in 11 playoff games and has spent some time on the second line. Glennie’s drive and determination will be further tested as the playoffs go on. His speed, skill and projectable frame make him an excellent prospect with a very high ceiling.


Tomas Vincour, RW, Vancouver Giants

Acquired: 5th round (129th overall) in 2009

Vincour was dealt away from his familiar stomping grounds of Edmonton midseason, after 26 points (17 of them goals) in 33 games for Edmonton.

Now donning a Vancouver Giants jersey, Vincour is participating in the postseason for the first time in his junior career and has 12 points in 10 games. The Czech forward has been a big factor in Vancouver’s playoff success and routinely brings the energy and determination to every shift. Additionally, the size and scoring depth that Vincour added to the lineup were crucial for the stretch run.

Vincour has thrived since moving to the more talent-laden lineup. The power forward has signed his entry-level contract with the Stars and will likely turn pro next season and provide a quality scoring punch for Dallas’ AHL affiliate.


Tristan King, C, Medicine Hat Tigers

Acquired: Signed as a free agent 9/19/2009

Formerly undrafted, King signed an entry-level contract before the season with Dallas while continuing his junior career with Medicine Hat. King shattered career highs in goals (21), assists (44) and points (65) in 70 games during his fourth junior season. As a playmaking center, King’s 44 helpers ranked third on the club and helped catapult the Tigers into the WHL playoffs. He’s been playing in all manpower situations throughout much of the season.

Armed with excellent stickhandling ability and blazing speed, King might be ready to take the jump to the pro ranks next season. However, if he wants to progress further than the minors, he’ll need to be more willing to play ball in the dirty areas of the rink and bring the drive and determination to every game.


Matt Tassone, C, Swift Current Broncos

Acquired: 6th round (176th overall) in 2008

Tassone was sidelined for half of his final junior season due to shoulder surgery and then had it end abruptly due to a neck injury. Being essentially out of the game for 10 months and then making a much-anticipated return in the heat of a playoff run is tough for any player and Tassone’s game wasn’t back to the form of his breakout season from 2008-09. In 33 games, the hard-nosed forward produced 12 goals and 19 points and spent 72 minutes in the sin bin.

The Alberta-born grinder will move on to the professional level next season and join the Texas Stars as a 21-year-old.

OHL


Tyler Beskorowany, G, Kingston Frontenacs

Acquired: 2nd round (58th overall) in 2008

A new team and a fresh start is what Beskorowany was hoping for following his departure from Owen Sound. The defense in Kingston didn’t restrain many more shots than the porous Owen Sound defense did in the past two seasons, but he did see more than 84 percent of the time in net. His numbers, however, didn’t improve all that much and this season – which could have been a turning point in his young career – really didn’t look too much different. He ended with a .903 save percentage, 3.52 GAA and 29-25-4 record.

Beskorowany did bail out the Frontenacs on a lot of nights and put up valiant effort in a seven-game series in the OHL’s playoffs (.912 save percentage), but it wasn’t enough for a somewhat underachieving Kingston team this year. Beskorowany’s 6’5 frame and excellent stickhandling ability will likely transition to Idaho of the ECHL in 2010-11.

QMJHL


Hubert Labrie, D, Gatineau Olympiques

Acquired: Signed as a free agent 9/19/2009

The lone QMJHL player in the Stars pipeline is Hubert Labrie. With his lack of size, Labrie scared off teams from drafting him last year but Dallas stepped up and signed him to an entry-level deal just before the 2009-10 Quebec campaign commenced. The Victoriaville native has not at all been disappointing. Not your prototypical defensive defenseman, Labrie combines a smooth skating stride and astute hockey sense with a never-say-die attitude to be a crucial piece of a successful Gatineau club.

He has set career highs in goals (4), assists (16) and points (20) as well as penalty minutes (99). All the while, Labrie was named the Olympiques’ defensive player of the year for his work routinely matched up against the QMJHL’s top offensive firepower. Despite his size, Labrie continues to excel at the junior level but it will be an uphill battle for him to make it at the next level.