Mark Pysyk
Pysyk Panthers 2017.jpg
Born January 11 1992 (1992-01-11) (age 28),
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
F. 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 careerEdit

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.

Pysyk 2013

Pysyk in 2013.

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 playEdit

Medal record
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Pysyk as a member of Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2012 Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold 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 playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2007–08Edmonton Oil KingsWHL141238
2008–09Edmonton Oil KingsWHL61515202740002
2009–10Edmonton Oil KingsWHL487172447
2010–11Edmonton Oil KingsWHL63634408840006
2011–12Edmonton Oil KingsWHL57632388320381116
2012–13Rochester AmericansAHL57414182030002
2012–13Buffalo SabresNHL191450
2013–14Buffalo SabresNHL4416716
2013–14Rochester AmericansAHL311111228500014
2014-15Rochester AmericansAHL543141732
2014–15Buffalo SabresNHL72132
2015–16Buffalo SabresNHL551101132
2015-16Rochester AmericansAHL30112
2016-17Florida PanthersNHL824131710
NHL totals 207 9 34 43 60


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Canada Pacific U17 Silver medal icon 6 1 3 4 6
2012 Canada WJC Bronze medal icon 6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 12 1 3 4 8


External linksEdit

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