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PYSYK ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES

Friday, 09.17.2010 / 9:02 AM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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Mark Pysyk (Photo: Noah Graham/Getty Images)
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As Mark Pysyk went through the first few days of Buffalo Sabres rookie camp, he admittedly had to do some adapting. The players are faster, the drills are harder and the nerves are even stronger.

But for the unassuming 18 year old, readjusting is no problem. In fact, it’s actually been one of his strengths.

Spending the last three seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, he’s almost had to. The franchise has missed the playoffs twice since Pysyk signed on, including more recently when the Oil Kings had the second-worst finish in the in the 2009-10 campaign.

It’s forced him to step up, block out the adversity and ultimately rise above it – which he has. Prior to being drafted 23rd overall by the Sabres in 2010, Pysyk was being praised for his performance on an otherwise lackluster team. He accumulated more than 20 minutes of ice time each night and provided the leadership, scoring 24 points in 48 games before being sidelined with a broken foot.

But the injury hasn’t seemed to bother him either. Taking things in stride is steadily reflected in his demeanor, even as he fields questions from the media.
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When asked if his life had changed since being a first-round draft pick in the NHL, Pysyk simply shrugged and said, no. And when discussing the honor of having his own bobble head night at a minor league Edmonton Capitals game, his response was a smile and admission that ‘it was pretty cool.’

He’s taking the same modest approach this week, as rookie camp winds down and the veterans report to HSBC Arena for training camp.

He’s ready to go out, play his game and continue to adapt to whatever comes his way.

Pysyk is hoping that will include a second trip to HSBC Arena in the coming months. It’s not so much that he’s not anticipating making Sabres right off the bat, but he could play for Team Canada in the 2011 World Junior Championships this winter, hosted by the city of Buffalo, after taking part in the team’s selection camp in August.

“That would be incredible playing in [the building] of what will hopefully be my team someday,” Pysyk said.

Until then, he’ll continue to go with the flow.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82