Former first-round pick forced to sign professional tryout to keep career alive

Published November 3, 2023 at 12:30
BY COOPER GODIN

After suffering an injury during training camp while on a professional tryout contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, former first-round pick Mark Pysyk will remain with the organization.

On Thursday, the Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton announced that they've signed Pysyk to a professional tryout contract (PTO).

"The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Mark Pysyk to a professional tryout agreement." The team said in a press release on Thursday.

The 31-year-old is likely going to use his professional tryout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in order to build back up to game speed and potentially sign an NHL deal with Pittsburgh.


He missed the entire 2022-23 season after undergoing surgery on his Achilles in July 2022 and hasn't appeared in a game in the National Hockey League since 2021-22 when he played in 68 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

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Source: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
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Former first-round pick forced to sign professional tryout to keep career alive

Will Mark Pysyk be able to earn an NHL contract eventually with Pittsburgh?

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