Jaycob Megna
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Jaycob Megna

Hometown:

Northbrook Illinois

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-10

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

7th round (210th overall), 2012

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Jaycob Megna returned to Ilinois to skate for the Team Illinois midget team after playing as a sophomore for Tabor Academy in Massachusetts in 2008-09. In 48 games with Team Illinois he scored 1 goal with 12 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. Team Illinois finished third in the Chicago Division of the Tier 1 midget major league.

2010-11: Megna played for the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. He scored 1 goal with 17 assists and was minus-11 with 24 penalty minutes in 55 games in his first season of junior hockey. Muskegon reached the second round of the USHL playoffs and in six games Megna was minus-three with 3 assists (two of which came on the power play). He committed to playing college hockey at the University of Omaha in 2011-12.

2011-12: Megna skated in 35 games as a freshman for Nebraska-Omaha. He scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was minus-one with 40 blocked shots. Megna’s brother Jayson, two years older but also a freshman,  was the Mavericks’ third-leading scorer. The Mavericks finished seventh in the WCHA and were swept by St. Cloud State in a two-game playoff series. Jaycob Megna, though not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, was selected by Anaheim in the seventh round (210th overall)  of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Megna returned to Nebraska-Omaha for his sophomore season while older brother Jayson signed a free agent contract with the Penguins. While overshadowed by offensive defensemen Andrej Sustr, who signed with Tampa Bay following the season, and Bryce Aneloski (Ottawa), Megna was a stabilizing force for the Mavericks’ blue line in his sophomore season. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +21 with 14 penalty minutes in 38 games. Nebraska-Omaha finished seventh in the WCHA and failed to secure an NCAA bid after falling to Minnesota State in a best-of-tree WCHA first round series.

2013-14: Megna made his pro hockey debut in April — signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Ducks and skating with AHL affiliate Norfolk — following his junior season at Nebraska-Omaha. He had no points with 2 penalty minutes in two regular season games and did not play for the Admirals in the playoffs. Megna had 10 assists and was -7 with 18 penalty minutes in 32 games for Nebraska-Omaha. The Mavericks finished third in the NCHC in the conference’s inaugural season before falling to sixth-place Denver in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. 

Talent Analysis

Megna is a big defenseman who plays a quiet defensive game. He is blessed with good reach and a hard-to-move frame, but he still needs to pack on muscle and learn to utilize his body to dominate opponents. Megna has a limited offensive skill set in terms of scoring but has a good first pass on the transition and can set up plays. His skating needs to improve.

Future

Megna made his 2014-15 season debut with Anaheim AHL affiliate at the end of January after missing the first half of the year while rehabilitating from shoulder surgery. In a Ducks' system peppered with smooth-skating, undersized and average-sized defensemen. Megna is a large-bodied defensemen whose focus is defending and preventing scoring chances. While his offensive upside and technical skill set is limited, Megna could be an effective sixth or seventh defenseman some day.

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