Mark Pysyk

In 1972 the Chicago Blackhawks drafted defender Phil Russell in the first round from the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). These many years later, another Oil King blueliner might make the first round in 2010.

Mark Pysyk (19gp, 3-11-14 +5) is a 6.01, 175 RH defender who has some things to recommend him. Redline liked him enough to have him #28 and ISS has him #11 currently.

Brad Hornung (Hornung on Hockey to the right on the blogroll) is a scout with an eye for talent and had this to say about Pysyk last season: “At his age, he displays an excellent overall understanding of his position. As a defenseman, he doesn’t get caught out of position and plays a sound, disciplined game. He handles the puck with composure, and usually makes the best choice when moving the puck.”

Mr Hornung will likely update Pysyk sometime this season and he’s a player to watch despite an early season concussion. Among the things that make him an attractive prospect are skating ability, his puck handling and passing, and the fact he can play the position. A nice range of skills. He is currently ranked #2 among WHL skaters by Central Scouting for the 2010 draft. He has been compared in style to both Rod Langway and Brooks Orpik.

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7 Responses to "Mark Pysyk"

  1. doritogrande says:

    I'm thinking this is the year we go back to drafting a defenseman with our first rounder, and Pysyk looks like one of the top choices. He's not among the top tier of defenders available this year, which in my opinion includes OHLers Fowler and Gudbranson. At this point, he should be considered as the best of the second wave of defenseman to be taken in the draft.

    With quite a few high impact forwards available, I'd wager the range for Pysyk would be in the 8-12 slot.

    He's a good prospect, and the reports I've read suggest he's a jack-of-all-trades kind of defenseman. He'd be able to play it a number of different ways and not get lit up. As an added bonus it looks like his offense is starting to develop so he'd be able to run and gun with our young forwards.

    For what it's worth, I'd love to take a shot with one of the two Russians draft eligibles this year playing in the QMJHL. Kabanov and Galiev both scream underrated to me in much the same way Dmitri Kulikov was this past draft.

  2. PunjabiOil says:

    MPS went scoreless today?

    Riley Nash scored a goal today, and Eberle has 1 so far in progress.

    As for Mark Pysyk – I go to 3-4 games every year. He's a special player, and you have to consider him if he's available, but I'm of draft a forward mentality.

  3. Schitzo says:

    I'm with PJO – I think the odds of a forward outperforming the ELC are significantly higher than a defenceman outperforming.

    Obviously if you can land a true stud (damn you, Atlanta…) that's not true, but if you're not drafting top-5…

  4. Dennis says:

    Is this the guy whose father posts over at Oilfans?

    I remember that was a guy over there who used to post a lot and the guy was a super tool and I seem to remember another poster commenting him once upon a time on his boy being a high draft pick and the kid was a Dman.

  5. Gord says:

    Dennis…I do know his father is a Jr. High School teacher at FR Haythorne here in Sherwood Park. He doesn't seem like a 'tool', but message boards can bring out the worst of us.

  6. pboy says:

    Not just a tool Gord but a super tool. lol

  7. pboy says:

    BTW, all of the Oilers problems are solved. Eklund is reporting that the Oil will either be acquiring Semin or Kovalchuk. Please have the Batman start planning the parade route down Jasper Ave.

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