Pysyk to play for Canada

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 | 12/14/2011

Congratulations to Sabres 2010 first-rounder Mark Pysyk for being being chosen to represent Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship. The 19-year old Edmonton native joins Tyler Myers, Tyler Ennis, Luke Adam, Zack Kassian, and Marcus Foligno as recent Sabres prospects to skate for Canada's National Junior team at the prestigious under-20 event.

Pysyk (6'2, 188 pounds) has served as captain of the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings for the past two years. In 25 games this season, the right-hander has scored two goals and 18 points while gathering 47 penalty minutes and a +6 rating.

Missing the chance to skate in his future home arena as a final cut for the 2011 tourney in Buffalo, the steady leader now gets an opportunity to sport the maple leaf sweater in his hometown, in the very rink he's called home for the past four years - Rexall Place - home of the Oil Kings and NHL's Oilers.

Canada will make their tournament debut the day after Christmas when they take on Team Finland, which will feature Sabres 2011 first round pick Joel Armia as a top-six weapon.

8 comments:

MJPalis said...

Pysyk seems like the type of leader the Sabres could really use on the back end. How much time do you think he would need in Rochester? And what current NHLer would you say his game is most similar to?

boos said...

to all regular readers, kris was mentioned on wgr this morning concerning pysyk...

it's about time they caught on to the quality work he's been doing...

solid!!!

Kris Baker said...

His type of talent and smarts won't need loads of seasoning. Just a matter of getting bigger + stronger. People really don't like the comparison based on HOF credentials, but to me he's very Nieder-ish in terms of his skating ability and two-way impact he'll have on the game. Temper the expectations, but that's the style and approach I see from him. Very steady. Few mistakes. Few risks.

Anonymous said...

i'd settle for Erik Karlsson. Every time I watch that guy he seems a step above -- a Letang-type who's way more advanced than Letang was at this point in his career. Kind of funny looking back at that draft; would he have been a better pick than Myers?

Anonymous said...

when it;s all said and done, myers will be the one. patience my son.

Kris Baker said...

agreed with 11:06 - Myers will be fine. Still a future Norris type. Lots of learning has been done. Should have his PhD by age 25.

Anonymous said...

BUT HE SHOULD BE DOMINATING NOW! Just kidding. Sorry. Deep breaths. I humbly withdraw my earlier Karlsson speculation.

Kris Baker said...

I don't think it needs to be withdrawn. I was more agreeing that Myers will be ok. I think Pysyk, like Myers, could produce same or better offensive numbers as a pro than in junior because of the skating/offensive stasrter ability.

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