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Jaycob Megna (born December 10, 1992) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 7th round (210th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Jaycob Megna
Born (1992-12-10) December 10, 1992 (age 26)
Plantation, Florida, U.S.
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Vegas Golden Knights
Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Anaheim Ducks
NHL Draft 210th overall, 2012
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2014–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Megna played in the 2005 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Chicago Mission minor ice hockey team.[1]

After playing Midget Major U18 hockey for Team Illinois, and committing to play Division 1 hockey with the Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks, Megna signed with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) on May 11, 2010.[2] During the 2010–11 season, Megna was the co-winner of the USHL Scholar-Athlete Award for his 4.0 GPA at Mona Shores High School.[3]

Megna then played three seasons with the Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks, during which he recorded 4 goals, 18 assists, and 40 penalty minutes in 105 games played.[4] On April 4, 2014, Megna chose to forgo his final year of college eligibility[5] when he signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL).[6]

After attending the Ducks 2015 training camp, Megna was assigned to the San Diego Gulls to begin the 2015–16 season.[7]

Megna made his NHL debut on April 6, 2017, against the Chicago Blackhawks.[8] Despite the ability to become a free agent on July 1, 2017, Megna signed a two-year contract with the Ducks during the offseason.[9] He recorded his first career NHL point, an assist, in a 6–2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on October 20, 2017.[10]

Megna attended the Ducks 2018 training camp, but was placed on waivers for the purpose of assigning him to the Gulls for the 2018–19 season. In October 2018, Megna was named captain of the Gulls for the 2018–19 AHL season.[11] After playing in 35 games and recording 13 points, Megna was recalled to the NHL on January 31, 2019.[12]

After six seasons within the Ducks organization, Megna left as a free agent to sign a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on July 1, 2019.[13]

PersonalEdit

Megna comes from a family of athletes. His older brother Jayson[14] is also a professional hockey center contracted to the Colorado Avalanche[15] and his father Jay played collegiate and professional football.[16][17] His mother, Jacqueline, was an All-American athlete in high school.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Muskegon Lumberjacks USHL 55 1 17 18 24 6 0 3 3 0
2011–12 U. of Nebraska-Omaha WCHA 35 2 3 5 8
2012–13 U. of Nebraska-Omaha WCHA 38 2 5 7 14
2013–14 U. of Nebraska-Omaha NCHC 32 0 10 10 18
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 32 1 4 5 4
2015–16 San Diego Gulls AHL 67 0 12 12 14 9 1 0 1 0
2016–17 San Diego Gulls AHL 62 5 22 27 37 10 0 4 4 8
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 14 0 1 1 2
2017–18 San Diego Gulls AHL 49 2 10 12 25
2018–19 San Diego Gulls AHL 38 2 11 13 20 16 0 2 2 10
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 28 1 3 4 12
NHL totals 43 1 4 5 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Rop, Ron (May 10, 2011). "USHL Muskegon Lumberjacks add defenseman in Jaycob Megna". mlive.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "YOUNGSTOWNS KEVIN LISS AND MUSKEGONS JAYCOB MEGNA EARN USHL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD Junior Hockey News". juniorhockey.com. May 10, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "JAYCOB MEGNA". omavs.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Megna forgoes final season at Nebraska-Omaha after signing with Ducks". USCHO.com. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  6. ^ "Ducks sign defenseman Megna to Three-Year Entry-Level Contract". Anaheim Ducks. April 4, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ducks Reduce Roster to 34". NHL.com. September 28, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Shohara, Kyle (April 6, 2017). "Megna Set to Make NHL Debut Tonight vs. Blackhawks". NHL.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "Ducks sign defenceman Jaycob Megna to two-year deal". sportsnet.ca. June 29, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Grant's first 2 NHL goals lead Ducks' 6-2 rout of Canadiens". cbssports.com. October 24, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "JAYCOB MEGNA NAMED TEAM CAPTAIN". sandiegogulls.com. October 6, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ducks Recall Megna from AHL San Diego". NHL.com. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  13. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights announce roster transactions". Vegas Golden Knights. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Brotherly love will continue in playoffs". The Gazette. April 19, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "Jayson Megna player profile". Eliteprospects.com. May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  16. ^ "Defensive Trio of 2012 Seventh-Round Picks Finding Rare Success at NHL Level". si.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Adamski, Chris (July 18, 2013). "Jayson Megna hopes next stop is Pittsburgh". NHL.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.

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