Niagara Gazette

Pro Sports

June 25, 2010

Sabres tab Pysyk with 23rd pick

NIAGARA FALLS — If Mark Pysyk doesn’t enter next week’s Buffalo Sabres developmental camp at Niagara University as the group’s best skater, he certainly won’t be fazed.

Pysyk, who the Sabres took with the 23rd pick in Friday’s National Hockey League Entry Draft, insists he isn’t even the best skater in his house.

“My sister (Nicole) is a better skater than me, so that might be why I kept going, to get better, because I couldn’t live with her being better,” Pysyk told earlier this week.

The Sabres continued their recent trend of picking North American players, selecting Pysyk, who had been projected as high as the top 10 by some scouts.

Considered a steady defenseman, Pysyk stands 6-foot-1 and over 180 pounds. He played 48 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League last season, scoring seven goals and adding 17 assists, but had his season cut short by a broken foot.

“He finished the season with a broken foot and a lot of scouts weren’t able to get a good grip on how good this player’s going to be in the NHL,” said E.J. McGuire, the NHL’s director of central scouting. “Smooth-skating, he has a neat knack for following up the play at the right time, leading the rush at the right time and throwing a crisp pass to one of his forwards to break out of his zone.”

Pysyk insisted he has plenty to improve upon before he reaches the NHL.

“I need to work on my shot and getting bigger, stronger, playing with a little bit more of an edge,” he said. “And also foot speed. Everybody can always work on that. You never really can be satisfied with any part of your game.”

Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers selected forward Taylor Hall with the No. 1 pick, finally ending a yearlong debate about the two best 18-year-old prospects in hockey.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Pro Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page