Sabres sign first-round pick Pysyk

Mark Pysyk during a game against the Calgary Hitmen at Rexall Place. (KEN ARMSTRONG/QMI Agency)

Mark Pysyk during a game against the Calgary Hitmen at Rexall Place. (KEN ARMSTRONG/QMI Agency)

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BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres signed defenseman Mark Pysyk to a three-year entry level contract on Thursday.

The 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Pysyk posted six goals and 34 assists over 63 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. The games played, points and assists were all career-highs for the 19-year-old Edmonton native.

"Mark is a very intelligent hockey player who has played in all situations in junior," said Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier. "He is a very strong skater with good puck moving abilities and is developing into a very solid two-way defenseman."

In 187 games with the Oil Kings, he has recorded 19 goals and 68 assists.


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