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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT: #BLUEPRINT EDITION

Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com profiles Mark Pysyk

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 10:10 AM / Features
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT: #BLUEPRINT EDITION
A steady right-handed defender, Mark Pysyk\u2019s smooth skating and simple execution made for a seamless transition to the pro game in 2012-13.

MARK PYSYK

The Present
A steady right-handed defender, Pysyk’s smooth skating and simple execution made for a seamless transition to the pro game in 2012-13. When a 20-year old goes stretches without being noticed on an NHL blue line, it’s never a bad thing. Such was the case in Pysyk’s late season recall, as the WHL product just went about business in his 19-game stint to establish himself as one of Ron Rolston’s more trusted options.

The hallmarks of Pysyk’s game are his smarts and superb footwork. His sound positional approach puts him in the right place at the right time, while his quick decision-making and accurate passing make him valuable in getting the play up ice. There is little panic when the puck comes his way, giving the Sabres a mature, coachable option that will only to continue to improve with each passing block of games.

The Future
All signs point to Pysyk settling in as an all-situations workhorse who leads by example much how Duncan Keith functions on the back end in Chicago. His poise and discipline will allow him to gobble up big even-strength minutes, while his mobility and two-way reliability should make him a key contributor both with and when defending the man advantage. He’ll never be an intimidating physical presence, but he doesn’t need to be with his smart stick and attention to detail in all three zones of the ice.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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