Mark Pysyk

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Mark Pysyk
Mark Pysyk - Buffalo Sabres.jpg
Pysyk in April 2016.
Born (1992-01-11) January 11, 1992 (age 25)
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2010
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2012–present

Mark Alexander Terrance Pysyk[1] (born January 11, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Florida Panthers 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.

Playing career[edit]

Pysyk in October 2013.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On June 25, 2016, Pysyk was traded, along with picks 38 and 89 in the 2016 NHL Draft to the Florida Panthers in exchange for pick 33 in the 2016 draft and defenceman Dmitri Kulikov.[6]

International play[edit]

Mark Pysyk WJC12 press conference.jpg
Pysyk as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2009 Slovakia

After being invited to take part in Canada's 2011 National Junior Team selection camp, but did not make the final roster.[7] The following year, he was named to the team for the 2012 World Junior Championships, held in Alberta.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
2012–13 Rochester Americans AHL 57 4 14 18 20 3 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 19 1 4 5 0
2013–14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 1 6 7 16
2013–14 Rochester Americans AHL 31 1 11 12 28 5 0 0 0 14
2014–15 Rochester Americans AHL 54 3 14 17 32
2014–15 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 2 1 3 2
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 1 10 11 32
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 3 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 125 5 21 26 50

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Pacific U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 1 3 4 6
2012 Canada WJC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 12 1 3 4 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oil Kings blueliner Pysyk". Edmonton Journal. 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "2007 WHL Bantam Draft". The WHL. 2010-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Final Rankings Domestic Skaters" (PDF). NHL Central Scouting. Retrieved 2010-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Pysyk, Mark – NHL.com – NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profiles". NHL. 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Sabres recall Pysyk". American Hockey League. 2013-03-17. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ "Sabres acquire defenseman Dmitri Kulikov in deal with Panthers". ESPN. 2016-06-25. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 
  7. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zack Kassian
Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick
2010
Succeeded by
Joel Armia