5/24 Recap: Pysyk bows out

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, May 25, 2012 | 5/25/2012

Mark Pysyk saw his excellent junior career come to an end Thursday as the Edmonton Oil Kings were hammered by the Shawinigan Cataractes 6-1 in the Memorial Cup 3rd place tiebreaker. The Oil Kings runs ends the most successful season in franchise history, while for the 20-year old Pysyk, the sting of defeat will soon pass with his NHL deal inked last June and the start of his pro career just a few short months away.

After falling in a 2-0 hole at the end of the opening frame, the Oil Kings quickly allowed two more goals within the first three minutes of the second to seal their fate. The steady leader helped create the Oil Kings lone goal of the night when his long pass out of the zone was corralled and fed to Henrik Samuelsson ('12) at 16:28 of the middle frame.

The Oil Kings competed admirably in the third, but the host team held their ground to storm their way into Friday's semifinal match-up with bitter QMJHL rival, Saint John.

Pysyk finished the tournament with three assists, and -3 rating, and 12 penalty minutes.

With the Sabres having eight defenseman (Myers, Ehrhoff, Sekera, Regehr, Leopold, Sulzer, Weber, McNabb) ready to compete for top club duty, Pysyk can comfortably enter the AHL next season and hone his all-around craft in quality minutes. He'll want to get bigger up top to gain more leverage, but overall his skating and two-way skills are close to ready. There's no rush to have him in Buffalo, though, so for now pencil him in for depth and figure he'll give the team some nice flexibility once his development spikes.


Boogie said...

Man Kris,
What are you going to do now? Potential Sabres' draft pick profiles? Yes please.

Kris Baker said...

To answer your question, I'm currently sitting in the sun rounding out the draft preview. No more hockey to watch means I can focus more on this....and work on my tan.

Boogie said...

Out of curiosity, how would you go about evaluating a player like Mark Jankowski who I'm assuming has no available video? He intrigues me based on what some have said. Is it just a hole in you evaluation process where you are forced to slot a guy that you've never seen play?

Kris Baker said...

Just about all of these players are accessible even when youtube footage is limited or non-existent, especially when they participate in out of league events. Jankowski is a good looking forward. Very good vision and decision making with the puck. Good skating and reach, plenty of finesse in his big frame. Providence is getting some sick recruits with Leaman behind the bench.

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