The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Jayson Megna to a two-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Megna’s contract is a two-way deal with an average annual value of $925,000.
Megna, 22, attended the Penguins’ prospect development camp in mid-July after completing his freshman campaign at the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) in 2011-12. The Northbrook, Illinois native ranked third on the team – and first among freshmen – with 31 points (13G-18A) in 38 games. He was selected to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
A 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward, Megna excelled in all situations for Nebraska-Omaha, tying for third on the team with 10 power-play points (3G-7A) and ranking second on the squad with two shorthanded goals, while centering the Mavericks’ top line. Megna, who was teammates at Nebraska-Omaha with fellow freshman and Pittsburgh’s 2011 sixth-round draft pick Josh Archibald, posted a team-best plus-13 rating.
Prior to joining the Mavericks, Megna played two seasons with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2009-11. Megna tallied 84 points (41G-43A) in 116 regular-season games with Cedar Rapids. He added seven points (4G-3A) in 13 postseason contests. During his final season in ’10-11, Megna played in the USHL All-Star Game and was an All-USHL First-Team selection while serving as team captain.
Megna comes from an athletic family, as his younger brother, and Nebraska-Omaha teammate, Jaycob, was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the seventh round (210th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Megna’s father, Jay, played professional football for the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, while his mother, Jacqueline, was an All-American swimmer in high school.