|Josh Robinson (Credit: Texas Stars)
Consider this: after winning just two games his sophomore and junior seasons on a dreadful Michigan Tech squad, Robinson was a standout player for them in his senior season (15-14-4). He played in all but four of their games and won 15 just a season after playing for a club that lost 30 games in a 38 game season. His play earned him a contract with Texas. At the time, he looked to be just a solid backup to Tyler Beskorowany in Idaho. He took over once he did get into the lineup, taking 13 games to suffer his first regulation loss. Robinson ranks second in the ECHL in wins, shutouts and save percentage. He is fourth overall in minutes (2,362) and saves (1,245) and is 10th in the league in GAA.
And so that unlikely story has led to this place. Texas only has one 3-in-3 left on the calendar and that's the first weekend in April. The team is very unlikely to use the same goalie all three nights and needs someone they can be confident in for the rubber match. Beskorowany clearly isn't that player for Coach Desjardins. Is Robinson? He hasn't gotten a single minute of AHL ice yet this season, but as the Stars learned on Saturday, that really doesn't matter.
My prediction is that if Nilstorp isn't ready for April 5-6-7, Josh Robinson starts his first AHL game that weekend.
Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Josh Robinson from loan with the Idaho Steelheads. Additionally, Dallas has reassigned goaltender Tyler Beskorowany from Texas to the team’s ECHL affiliate.
Robinson, 23, is recalled to Texas for the second time this season and has severed as the Stars backup goaltender for one AHL game. The Frankenmuth, Michigan native has played in 39 games for Idaho this year, posting a 27-8-1-3 record, with a 2.57 goals-against average (GAA), a 0.925 save percentage (SV%) and five shutouts. Robinson ranks second in the ECHL in wins, shutouts and SV%, he is fourth overall in minutes (2,362) and saves (1,245) and is 10th in the league in GAA. Currently in his first professional season, he was undrafted after playing four years for Michigan Tech (WCHA) and signed a standard AHL contract with Texas on June 6, 2012.
Beskorowany (pronounced behs-kohr-WAH-nee), 22, has been reassigned to Texas three times this season and he has served as the Stars’ backup goaltender for a total of 13 AHL games. The Hanmer, Ontario native has appeared in 30 ECHL games this year for Idaho, posting a 16-11-3 record with a 2.80 goals-against average, a 0.911 save percentage and one shutout. Beskorowany was drafted by Dallas in the second round (59th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has played in 51 career AHL games for Texas, with a 17-27-1 record, 3.10 goals-against average, an 0.899 save percentage and two shutouts.