Mark Alexander Terrance Pysyk (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.
Pysyk in April 2016.
January 11, 1992|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)|
23rd overall, 2010|
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 call-up by Buffalo midway into the shortened season. He played his first NHL game on March 17, 2013 against the Washington Capitals.
Pysyk as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
|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 playoffsEdit
|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|
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- "2007 WHL Bantam Draft". The WHL. 2010-01-01.
- "Final Rankings Domestic Skaters" (PDF). 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.
- "Sabres acquire defenseman Dmitri Kulikov in deal with Panthers". ESPN. 2016-06-25. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-01.[permanent dead link]