USHL Alum Megna Signs NHL Deal
Wednesday August 1, 2012
Jayson Megna was the captain of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders during the 2010-11 season and was named to the All-USHL First Team. (photo by Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)
Just over a year after completing his USHL career, forward Jayson Megna has signed a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Megna spent two seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders appearing in 116 career regular season games. He played all 60 games during the 2010-11 season and collected 58 points (30g, 28) while serving as team captain. His point total ranked tied for ninth in the USHL and his 30 goals were the fourth highest mark in the League. Eight of his goals were game-winners, tying for the USHL lead.
After being held scoreless in the first game of the year, he put together a 15-game point streak in which he totaled 22 points (12g, 10a) and led the RoughRiders to an 11-3-1 record over that span. It was longest point streak in the USHL and in January, he followed up with 12-game point streak amassing 18 points (9g, 9a) over that stretch. Following that season, Megna was named to the All-USHL First Team and went on to add seven points (4g, 3a) in eight playoff contests.
As a USHL rookie, Megna recorded 26 points (11g, 15a) in 56 regular season games.
The 22-year-old from Northbrook, Illinois spent last season playing college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was third on the team in scoring with 31 points (13g, 18a) in 38 games while leading the Mavericks with a plus-13 rating. Megna was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
His younger brother, Jaycob Megna, was his teammate this past season at UNO. The brothers were opponents in the USHL the year before as Jaycob was a member of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The younger Megna, a defenseman, was selected by the Anaheim Ducks during the 2012 NHL Draft.
USHL stats – Jayson Megna
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