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Mark Pysyk, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-01

Weight: 187

Born: 1992-01-11

Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alta

Drafted: 2010 by Buffalo, 23rd overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

July 2013- When the year began in Rochester, Mark Pysyk probably never imagined getting into a game with the Buffalo Sabres. When the lockout was lifted in early January, Pysyk was biding his time working hard and continuing to play a solid dependable two-way game that we have come to know and expect. On March 17th to his surprise, Pysyk got the call to join up with his old coach Ron Rolston in Buffalo who had taken over for the recently dismissed Lindy Ruff as Head Coach. Pysyk didn’t look back as he ended up skating in 19 games for the Sabres scoring one goal and four assists. Despite not putting up gaudy numbers, Pysyk was able to gain much needed experience for the rebuilding Sabres and will take this experience with him into next season where he will look to become a mainstay on the Sabres blue line. Travis Watson

 

 

April 2012 – Pysyk has had a solid year and the fun is only beginning. His Edmonton Oil Kings re currently on a 19 game win streak and are looking unbeatable in playoffs. This added experience under the pressures of playoff hockey will good for Pysyk’s long term development. He is looking like a good prospect, but will have to improve his foot speed to be as effective in the professional ranks. Expect him to join the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester next season. – Zenon Herasymiuk

 

December, 2011 – Edmonton-area native Mark Pysyk hasn’t had to travel very far in his career. In fact, the Edmonton Oil Kings captain didn’t even have to change dressing rooms in order to put on the red and white for Team Canada at the World Juniors. But the Buffalo Sabres hope that changes- quickly. A smooth-skating defensive stud who leverages his speed and intelligence to shut down plays, Pysyk has always matched up against the best and toughest in his age group. Not quite ready for NHL duty this past fall, the 20-year-old should be a steadying influence on the Buffalo defensive core for years to come. Matthew Bugg

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Could turn out to be strictly a shutdown guy, given the current pipeline of offensive rearguards in the system.

 

 

Footage:

Some Pysyk sandpaper:

 

 

 

 

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Mark Pysyk’s statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects

 

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