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10-31-2012, 12:18 AM
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An article on Pysyk from the Edmonton Journal...
Oil Kings grad Pysyk fitting in with AHL Amerks
Americans coach Ron Rolston said that when training camp opened, Pysyk, a first-round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2010 draft (23rd overall), had been pencilled in as one of the team’s top four defenceman but is now in a prominent role because of his play.
“Mark’s been one of our best defencemen so far, and he’s been very consistent, which is something you don’t always see in younger players,” Rolston said. “He’s deserved everything he’s got at this point.
“We were going to give him the opportunity early on, and he’s obviously taking full advantage of that. He’s taken on a big role for us already this year.”
From what I've seen this year, that's not surprising to hear at all
“I am getting more comfortable every day I’m on the ice with the guys,” Pysyk continued. “I didn’t know what to expect when I came in. I just wanted to make an impression, make the team.
“There are no guys you can really take advantage of (at this level), and in those battles in the corners, you have to be a lot stronger when you’re playing against guys of this calibre. The lockout has made the league stronger, so that will help my development, but having said that, you want to see it end.”
“We just went grocery shopping, so our fridge looks good now. A couple of days ago, it was empty,” said
Pysyk, who is living with second-year Amerk Matt MacKenzie and fellow rookie Kevin Sundher.
“My first game, I was nervous, my knees were shaking a little bit, but after a couple of shifts in the first period, it was like a another game. It’s all been good so far.”
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