5/3 Recap: Pysyk stars, Shipley solid as teams take openers

Written By Kris Baker on Friday, May 4, 2012 | 5/04/2012

Mark Pysyk was named the game's #1 star Thursday as Edmonton opened the 2012 WHL Championship series with a 3-2 win over Portland. The 6'2 captain saw his seeing-eye wrister get through traffic before getting tipped on its way into the Winterhawks cage at 1:25 of the opening period to quickly get the Oil Kings moving in the right direction after a six-day layoff. Pysyk, who along with partner Keegan Lowe (CAR), were set to match-up with the Winterhawks' potent top-line featuring Ty Rattie (STL) and Sven Bartschi (CAL), but the former was wiped out along the boards early on and did not return. The teams will regroup on Friday at Rexall for game #2 with the Oil Kings holding a 1-0 lead.

In the OHL, Steven Shipley played even as Niagara got a goal from Dougie Hamilton (BOS) at 9:03 of the second overtime to secure a 3-2 win over London in game #1 of the OHL Championship. The IceDogs' third line of Shipley at center along with Brett Ritchie (DAL) and Mitchell Theoret (NYI) produced the game's first goal at 4:01 of the opening frame. The 6'3 center, who has emerged as one of the better faceoff men in the entire OHL, was on the ice for several key draws late in regulation and OT. After taking a 1-0 series advantage on the road, the IceDogs will welcome the Knights to their barn in St. Catharines for Saturday's game #2.


Anonymous said...

A question:

When Pysyk is lauded for his smooth skating, who would be a comparable? For instance, is his skating Erik Karlssonesque? Second coming of Paul Coffey?

Boogie said...

Kris, without getting to see Pysyk play, it is hard to reconcile his scouting report with his stats. By hockeydb stats alone, you would surmise that Pysyk is the third best D on Edmonton, but I can't find his TOI numbers. And then there are things like this article. He gets 1 assist, is even for the game, but gets the number 1 star while both Reinhart and Gernat played plus with points.

I guess what I'm asking is, what is he? Is he that annoying Dman who closes every passing lane and never goes away? Will he ever have enough offense to be a top pairing guy? Does he need to? I want to like him alot, but I can't figure out what to think about him.

Anonymous said...

Pysyk is defensive defenceman. he;s the guy that kills penalties etc.. not the powerplay. he;s Edmonton's best dman right now, and trust me Edmonton has a few !!

Kris Baker said...

4:13 - Don't shoot, but my skating comparison to Niedermayer was not refuted by a veteran pro scout.

4:53 - smart, simple defenseman with a very good stick and mobility. Plays ~25 mins a night, sometimes more depending on special teams. When you say "annoying d-man who steps into lane" that's getting there. I don't ever want to consider him an offensive d-man, but he can be opportunistic. I think he'll have the same stats in pros as jr just with good passes out of zone and getting shots through.

8:18 - Edmonton's blueline is sick. All will be picked in draft. Pysyk-Lowe-Gernat already. Reinhart, Corbett, Sautner (likely) this year.

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