Mark Pysyk
Mark Pysyk
28-Year-Old DefensemanD
Dallas Stars
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Pysyk is your classic stay-at-home blueliner, having mustered between 11 and 17 points in each of the past four seasons. With few trips to the sin bin (106 PIM in 359 career games), Pysyk doesn't offer much from a fantasy perspective in his third-pairing role for the Panthers. He blocked 89 shots and set a career high with 133 hits last season, but that's not nearly enough to put the 27-year-old defenseman on the fantasy radar. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Stars in October of 2020.
Headed for Lone Star State
DDallas Stars
October 10, 2020
Pysyk inked a one-year, $750,000 contract with Dallas on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Pysyk split time at the end of the season as both a defenseman and a forward but should primarily play on the blue line with the Stars. With the Panthers, Pysyk notched nine goals and nine helpers in 58 appearances. If he does play defense, the Alberta native figures to supplant Joel Hanley in the lineup.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    12:45
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:37
 
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Short-Handed
2017–18
18:46
0:06
2:04
2018–19
18:16
0:03
1:45
2019–20
12:45
0:01
0:37
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While he's not a very offensive-minded blueliner, Pysyk has been fairly consistent during his two seasons with Florida. Over that span, the 26-year-old played in all 164 regular-season contests, posting 17 points during the 2016-17 campaign and 16 points last season. Pysyk also showed off his physicality last year, racking up 102 hits and 123 blocked shots. Again, his best quality is certainly his durability, as fantasy owners can always count on his presence in the lineup. Pysyk should post similar numbers this coming season, making him a low-end option with more value in deeper fantasy formats.
Pysyk found it difficult to crack Buffalo’s lineup over his four seasons there, but the Panthers used him in all 82 games after picking him up last offseason, and the results were relatively modest career highs in goals (four), points (17), shots (86) and blocked shots (99). He’s not particularly big, but Pysyk is certainly very good in his own zone, as he was the most heavily used defenseman on a penalty-killing unit that ranked second in the league. The 25-year-old makes very good first passes and is just scratching the surface of his potential, but despite having been taken in the first round back in 2010, he doesn't have an aggressive mentality on offense and thus can't be expected to score lot of points. he'll have a similar role to last year’s, playing on the team’s bottom two pairings while spending ample time on the penalty kill
Pysyk was part of Florida’s offseason defensive overhaul, coming over in a trade with the Sabres during the draft. The 2010 first-rounder will have to beat out prospect Mike Matheson for a top-four role on the Panthers’ blue line, but Pysyk’s lack of offensive upside (perhaps best reflected by his career high in points at the AHL level, 18) suggests the 24-year-old’s ceiling will be limited even if he is successfully able to do so. Last season's 11 points in 55 games represented a new career best, but he’ll have a good chance to top that mark playing for a much more put-together Florida club.
Pysyk was one of AHL Rochester's best two-way defensemen last season, finishing with 17 points in 54 games and three points in seven games with the Sabres after getting called up. His season was cut short, however, after he collapsed during a pickup basketball game, though he should be ready for the start of the season and is slated to play on either the second or third pairing. He's a good skater with some offensive upside, but doesn't take enough risks to put up high point totals.
One of Buffalo’s most smooth-skating defensemen, the former WHL star is still trying to acclimate himself in the pros. Despite starting with the Sabres last year, Pysyk ended up splitting the season between the NHL and AHL. In 31 games with Rochester, Pysyk scored 12 points, showing that he is ready for a full-time NHL job. The 22-year-old defenseman has packed on more weight and added more experience over the past two seasons in the pros. Though smaller in stature compared to his peers, Pysyk should play a significant role in the Sabres’ puck transition. In 63 career NHL games, Pysyk has 12 points. Both totals could be surpassed if he plays a full season.
Pysyk took advantage of a banged-up Sabres blue line to make his NHL debut last season, suiting up for 19 games and recording five points. The former first-round pick likely has the inside track on breaking camp with the Sabres, but don't get too excited by his draft pedigree; he wasn't drafted for his offensive abilities..
Pysyk had a banner season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL, notching 38 points in 57 games while captaining his team to a league championship and earning a trip to the Memorial Cup. He is the Sabres' top prospect on the back end and will begin his first season of professional hockey this coming fall. He's going to need some seasoning at the AHL level, but the Sabres are hoping for big things from the Edmonton native.
The highly-regarded Pysyk will will be staying with the Edmonton Oil Kings of thw WHL for one more season despite signing an entry-level deal with the Sabres over the summer. He had a breakout 2010-11 with the Oil Kings, and with a deep defensive corps slated for Rochester, Pysyk will definitely benefit from being the go-to guy for the O-Kings.
Buffalo's 2010 first round pick, the 23rd overall, is a two-way defender in a system that is pretty well-stocked on the blue line. He'll work his craft in the WHL in 2010-11, and an impressive season could possibly make him a factor for the 2011-21 Sabres.
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Generates helper Saturday
DFlorida Panthers
February 22, 2020
Pysyk posted an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Three points against Devils
DFlorida Panthers
February 11, 2020
Pysyk scored a goal and added two assists in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Devils.
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Records first career hat trick
DFlorida Panthers
February 3, 2020
Pysyk scored a hat trick on three shots and was plus-2 in Monday's 5-3 win over Toronto.
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Adds assist Monday
DFlorida Panthers
January 20, 2020
Pysyk registered an assist in Monday's 5-4 win over the Wild.
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Produces helper
DFlorida Panthers
January 12, 2020
Pysyk notched an assist and two shots on goal in Sunday's 8-4 win over the Maple Leafs.
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