With the Sabres in 2013.
January 11, 1992 |
Sherwood Park, AB, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team||Buffalo Sabres|
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 2010
Mark Alexander Terrance Pysyk (born January 11, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pysyk was originally selected in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Sabres.
Pysyk was the first-ever draft pick of the current incarnation of the Edmonton Oil Kings when he was selected third overall in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft. In 2009–10 Pysyk played 48 games before being sidelined with a broken foot. Despite the injury, the Oil Kings named him their team MVP of the season. At the end of the season, he was ranked seventh among North American skaters for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. He was selected 23rd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the draft. Pysyk models his game after Shea Weber because of Weber's two-way playing style. Following his draft, he appeared in his first NHL training camp. After being returned to his junior team by the Sabres, Pysyk was named the captain of the Oil Kings on September 28, 2010.
On May 13, 2012, Mark, along with the rest of the Edmonton Oil Kings, won game 7 of the WHL Finals, against the Portland Winter Hawks with a score of 4-1, to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup. They went on to the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan Quebec, and came in 4th.
In his debut professional season in 2012–13, he marked his first professional game by scoring a goal with the Sabres AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, on October 12, 2012. After 57 games with the Americans, Pysyk received his first NHL recall by Buffalo midway into the shortened season. He played his first NHL game on March 17, 2013 against the Washington Capitals.
Even though Pysyk hasn't been playing at the NHL level for a full season, he is known for his consistency and has become one of the Sabres top blue liners at the young age of 21 years old. Although he is very strong defensely, he also has huge upside offensively. Beening seen on 1st line powerplay and showing off his rushing ability during a game against Toronto, he is believed to be a future Top Two Defenseman or even a number One Defender for the Sabres.
|Competitor for Canada|
|World Junior Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
After being invited to take part in Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp, but did not make the final roster. The following year, he was named to the team for the 2012 World Junior Championships, held in Alberta.
Regular season and playoffs
|2007–08||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL||14||1||2||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL||61||5||15||20||27||4||0||0||0||2|
|2009–10||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL||48||7||17||24||47||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL||63||6||34||40||88||4||0||0||0||6|
|2011–12||Edmonton Oil Kings||WHL||57||6||32||38||83||20||3||8||11||16|
|Junior int'l totals||12||1||3||4||8|
- "Oil Kings blueliner Pysyk". Edmonton Journal. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
- "2007 WHL Bantam Draft". The WHL. 2010-01-01.
- "Final Rankings Domestic Skaters". NHL Central Scouting. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- "Pysyk, Mark – NHL.com – NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". NHL. 2010-04-30.
- "Sabres recall Pysyk". American Hockey League. 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
- "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- Mark Pysyk's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Mark Pysyk's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mark Pysyk player profile on the Western Hockey League site
|Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick