Jaycob Megna
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Jaycob Megna


Northbrook Illinois

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7th round (210th overall), 2012


201 lbs.

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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. 

2014-15: Megna made his season debut with Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk at the end of January after missing the first half of the year while rehabilitating from shoulder surgery. In 32 games with the Admirals he scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes. Norfolk missed the playoffs, finishing last in the East Division.

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.


Megna is skating for new Anaheim AHL affiliate San Diego in 2015-16. While not an overly imposing player despite his size, Megna has been a shutdown defender for the Gulls with his long reach and sound positional play. Now in the second year of his original three-year contract, Megna is on pace in developing into a solid lower pairing defender. The Ducks have several defense prospects in their system but Megna has potential as a solid stay-at-home defender at the NHL level.

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