Mark Fistric began his career in major junior hockey with one of the worst teams in the WHL, the Vancouver Giants. He played for Team Canada at the U18 World Cup in 2003, as well as for Team Alberta's Gold Medal Winning team at the 2003 Canada Winter Games. At the conclusion of the 2003-04 WHL regular season, Fistric was awarded the Pat Quinn Defenseman of the Year award by the Vancouver Giants for being the top blueliner on their team. Fistric was chosen by the Dallas Stars in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft.
2004-05: Fistric appeared in only 15 games after suffering a broken jaw twice. He missed four months.
2005-06: Fistric gets significant ice time with Vancouver both at even strength and on special teams. The captain is back this year, on his game, and not showing any signs of being less aggressive. Fistric was named to Team WHL for the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. He has contributed to the team’s success with his willingness to take control physically on the ice. He had his first multiple-point game for the Giants on Nov. 19th.
2006-07: Fistric stepped into his first professional season with the Iowa Stars and was the only member of the team to run the gamut as far as games played went (80). He settled in nicely, playing a simple, yet effective game, and even logged an inordinate amount of points with 24. He also received a long look at training camp and received much praise from Stars coaching and management.
2007-08: The Edmonton-native made is NHL debut against Montreal on December 23rd. In fact, the 21-year-old ended up playing more NHL games than AHL games in 07-08 by a 37 to 30 margin. He even participated in nine playoff games for Dallas. Fistric made a nice transition to the NHL and showed he was not overwhelmed by the better, faster players. He only registered 24 PIMs during the regular season.
Fistric works very hard off the ice to maintain great conditioning, which is necessary for his almost-excessive frame. He is a surprisingly agile skater for a player his size and any questions about his skating should have been long put to rest. When he plays with an edge, he can be a noticeably intimidating force. However, he needs to keep his consistency on high and make himself noticeable on the ice with destructive hits. Is not offensively talented, needs to continue to make smart outlet passes and just get pucks to the net and not try to be creative with the puck. He has a strong work ethic and is a leader for any team he plays on. A simple, but decidedly physical, game is the most effective use of Fistric.
Fistric was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers following the end of the NHL lockout.
Potential: Physical third-pairing defensive defenseman, like Denis Gauthier.