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Mark Pysyk | Defenseman

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/11/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 193
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Mark Pysyk is looking to crack the Buffalo Sabres blueline in 2015-16.
Pysyk was the Sabres first round selection and 23rd overall in the 2010 Draft. He had an unexpected setback last season when he collapsed playing in a pickup basketball game on February 28. Doctors were unable to find the cause although they suspect it was dehydration. "I hope so," said Pysyk when asked if he is ready to play full-time in the NHL. "That’s my goal, obviously, to make the Sabres, but who knows what’ll happen this summer with free agency and trades. We’ll see what it looks like closer to (training) camp. I see myself in a shutdown role, being solid defensively." May 30 - 7:07 AM

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Mark Pysyk still isn't feeling quite right after he collapsed while playing a pickup basketball game on Feb. 28.

He was on his way to Buffalo on Thursday to see doctors. "He's just not feeling well after he skates," Amerks coach Chadd Cassidy told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. "We don't know if he's just sick or if it's something else. But in his situation, with the way things happened, we want to be 100 percent sure that he's OK." It's still a mystery what caused the collapse, but he was slated to be back in the lineup on Friday before this apparent setback.
Mar 20 - 8:29 AM

Mark Pysyk was back at practice for Rochester on Wednesday after he collapsed at a pickup basketball game on Feb. 28.

"All the testing I've done since it happened, they didn't find anything," Pysyk said. "So there's nothing to really worry about now, I don't think. They did some tests on my head, on my heart. Everything seemed to be normal, so there's nothing to really be worried about there." He could be back in the lineup on Mar. 20, but the reason for why he collapsed remains a mystery.
Mar 12 - 8:58 AM

Mark Pysyk is still being tested to determine why he collapsed Saturday during a pickup basketball game.

"He's got a few more tests to get done," GM Tim Murray said. "It doesn't seem, thank God, that it's serious but who knows what serious is? You take a seizure that serious. We just want him to have the best care, take his time, feel comfortable when he wants to come back. Certainly we're going to do everything we can to rule out everything that we can." Pysyk hasn't returned to practice yet.
Mar 3 - 9:36 AM

Good news regarding Buffalo Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk: he was released from the hospital on Saturday.

It appears as if he's doing well after collapsing during a pickup basketball game. We may not know his long-term outlook for a little while.
Feb 28 - 6:21 PM

Scary stuff for Buffalo Sabres prospect Mark Pysyk: he was reportedly hospitalized after collapsing during a pickup game of basketball.

He was described as "fairly alert and his vital signs were close to normal" while he was being transported by paramedics, so that's a good thing. It's unclear how much this incident may affect his future in the sport.
Feb 28 - 12:53 PM

Mark Pysyk has been sent to the minors.

The Buffalo Sabres are obvious sellers going into the trade deadline on Monday and the aftermath of whatever moves they make could lead to Pysyk being recalled. Then again, Buffalo might decide to keep him in the minors either way as its been argued that he's worthy of a roster spot as it is. Even Sabres coach Ted Nolan seems to be of that opinion. "I know where he should be, but in the process we're going through here, it's out of our control," Nolan said. Buffalo's best chance of getting Connor McDavid is to finish in last place, so that might have been a consideration when deciding to store Pysyk in the AHL. Then again, this might just be a simple matter of having a strategy for developing Pysyk and sticking to it.
Feb 27 - 2:49 PM

Mark Pysyk has contributed a goal and an assist in his past two games.

Pysyk has spent the majority of the season in the AHL, which coach Ted Nolan has not been happy about. "I know where he should be, but in the process we're going through here, it's out of our control," said the Buffalo bench boss. He played four games with the Sabres in December before returning to the minors until his call up last weekend. Pysyk may head back down again when Tyson Strachan is over his infection and the team decides to play Nikita Zadorov. That probably won't sit well with Nolan.
Feb 27 - 8:52 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled Mark Pysyk from the minors.

The 23-year-old has one goal in four games with the Sabres this season. The Sabres have lost Josh Gorges for the season and Tyson Strachan (day-to-day) with injuries.
Feb 22 - 1:58 PM

Mark Pysyk has been assigned to the minors.

Rasmus Ristolainen will be back in the lineup on Friday after recovering from the flu. Pysyk has one goal and four appearances with the Sabres this year.
Jan 1 - 5:13 PM

Buffalo defenseman Mark Pysyk scored his first goal of the season in the Sabres' 5-2 loss to the Senators in Ottawa Monday night.

Zemgus Girgensons also notched a goal for the Sabres, his 11th of the season. Girgensons' goal actually gave Buffalo a 2-1 lead at 8:37 of the second, but the Sens scored four goals after that, including two by Bobby Ryan, who had a hat trick on the night.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:03:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have recalled defenseman Mark Pysyk from the minors.

This is Pysyk's second recall as he was sent to the minors before Christmas. Rasmus Ristolainen (flu) and Andrej Meszaros (maintenance) were absent from practice on Sunday. Pysyk has no points in two games this season with one hit and a couple of blocked shots in his last game.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Mark Pysyk has been returned to the minors.

He dressed in two games with Sabres during his NHL callup. Pysyk had one hit and two blocks in 20:35 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to Detroit. He may be back with the Sabres after the Christmas break if no one on the back end is able to return from injury.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Mark Pysyk logged nearly 20 minutes of ice time in his first appearances of the season with the Buffalo Sabres.

He suffered a shoulder injury back in September, which cost him a chance to crack Buffalo's roster out of training camp. "I'm a big Mark Pysyk fan," coach Ted Nolan said before Sunday's game. "It's just circumstances right now, and we'll see what happens in the future. He's a solid player, a solid kid. He's biding his time and doing what needs to be done in order to be here permanently. This kid has potential to be one of the leaders of this organization for many years to come, so I'm glad he gets a chance tonight." Pysyk will return to the minors if Tyler Myers and/or Mike Weber are ready to play on Tuesday versus Detroit.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:58:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres recalled Mark Pysyk from the minors.

Tyler Myers left Saturday's game with an injury, so the Sabres are just calling up a defenseman incase he can't play. The 22-year-old hasn't played a game in the NHL this season.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Zemgus Girgensons
2Matt Ellis
LW1Matt Moulson
2Marcus Foligno
3Nicolas Deslauriers
4Jerry D'Amigo
5Evander Kane
6Cody McCormick
RW1Tyler Ennis
2Brian Gionta
3Cody Hodgson
4Zac Dalpe
5Patrick Kaleta
D1Zach Bogosian
2Rasmus Ristolainen
3Josh Gorges
4Nikita Zadorov
5Mike Weber
6Andre Benoit
7Andrej Meszaros
8Tyson Strachan
G1Anders Lindback
2Chad Johnson