2009-10: Jayson Megna skated for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL. Beginning the year as a 19-year-old rookie, he scored 11 goals with 15 assists and was plus-two with 62 penalty minutes in 56 games. Cedar Rapids finished second in the East Division. Megna was held pointless in the five-game playoff series with Indiana and was minus-one with 6 penalty minutes. Megna and his younger brother Jaycob, who played midget hockey for Team Illinois, committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2011-12.
2010-11: Returning to the USHL for a second season, Megna was the team captain and an offensive leader for Cedar Rapids. He scored a team-high 30 goals with 28 assists and his 58 points were one behind team leader Justin Kovacs. Megna was plus-11 with 45 penalty minutes in 60 games as the RoughRiders finished with the USHL’s best record. Cedar Rapids reached the Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs and in eight playoff games Megna was plus-two with 4 goals and 3 assists.
2011-12: Megna was the third-leading scorer for the University of Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman. Skating in all 38 games for the Mavericks, he scored 13 goals with 18 assists and was plus-13 with 27 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished seventh in the WCHA and lost to St. Cloud State in the first round of the conference tournament. Megna signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Penguins in August 2012; foregoing his last three years of college hockey.
2012-13: Megna played for Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his first pro season. He scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was -12 with 28 penalty minutes in 56 games. The Penguins finished third in the AHL’s East Division and reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Syracuse. Megna appeared in 12 of 15 playoff games and was -3 with 2 goals and 3 assists.
2013-14: Megna made his NHL debut with the Penguins in an October 25th game against the Islanders — skating in 36 regular season games and two playoff contests for Pittsburgh — shuffling between the Penguins and AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his second pro season. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes; averaging 10:29 minutes of ice time during the regular season. In two NHL playoff games he was minus-1 with no points nor penalties; averaging nine minutes of ice time. Megna scored 9 goals with 6 assists and was +13 with 4 penalty minutes in 25 regular season games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Megna scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-2 with 4 penalty minutes in 13 AHL playoff games. He was re-signed as a restricted free agent to a one-year, two-way contract by Pittsburgh in July 2014.
Megna is by all accounts a late-bloomer, having played in the USHL until he was 21 and playing one season of college hockey before signing an NHL entry-level contract. He possesses above average speed and skill and has shown to have good one-on-one abilities and soft hands in tight. He is a willing combatant in the corners.
Megna attended training camp with Pittsburgh and has shuttled between the Penguins and AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15. Despite his extended time with the NHL club last season, he had just one assist in 12 games from late November through most of December and was returned to the AHL in January. Long-term Megna has the size, speed, and skill to develop into a potential middle of the lineup player in the NHL but must continue to improve in all areas to reach that level.