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Pens sign collegiate standout Megna: two years, $1.85 million

Aug 1, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT


After receiving interest from Boston, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, University of Nebraska-Omaha freshman Jayson Megna agreed to terms with the Penguins on Wednesday, inking a two-year deal worth $1.85 million.

The contract is of the two-way variety, with an average annual value of $925,000.

The Pens appeared to have the upper hand for Megna’s services after he attended their prospect development camp in July. That appearance followed a breakout freshman WCHA campaign, finishing third among all Mavericks in scoring (13G-18A-31PTS in 38 games) while being named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

Four days ago, Megna told the Omaha World-Herald he’d be forgoing his sophomore year to turn pro.

“Obviously it was a tough decision for me to leave school after playing there for a year, playing with my brother [defenseman Jaycob]and my other teammates,” Megna said. “I love the city and the fans. But I made a decision that I think is best for me and my career.”

  1. bgsusteelers - Aug 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM


    • bmscalise - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I went to the prospect scrimmage, and this kid was probably the most noticeable forward on the ice. While I doubt he’ll see time with the big boys this year, I think it’s a great signing. The Pens have fantastic organizational depth at defense but not at forward. As a side note, the Baby Pens should be a force in the AHL this year.

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Did you just make the argument that if you ignore 60% of the skating positions, then the Pens have great depth, and that “depth” is at the same position that is their greatest weakness for the big club?

      • bmscalise - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        @flyersgoal – How is implying that the organizational depth at forward needs to improve “ignoring 60% of the skating positions”? And, really, its just depth at wing (you might have heard that the Pens have some decent centers).

        As far as the organizational depth at defense – yes, I’m saying that the Pens weakness on the big club is their strength in the minors. That’s kinda a smart way to improve a team.

        Despres (2010 1st rd.) will be up full-time this year and has been mentioned by Bylsma as a potential partner for Letang; Morrow (2011 1st rd) is considered a future first-pairing stud; Harrington (2011 2nd rd) made the Canadian WJ team last year; Pens got Maatta and Pouliot in 1st rd. this year. And on top of that – Strait and Bortuzzo (NHL ready bottom-pairing guys), Dumoulin (received in the Staal/Sutter trade, was considered Carolina’s third best defensive prospect), Sneep, Samuelsson, Grant…

        Some of these kids can even be busts – and the Pens will still likely have one of the best, cheapest defenses in the league in 2-4 years.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        No. He argued that across the organization, there is depth on the blue line. In other words, they have a lot of defensemen. He goes on argue (via the statement “but not at forward) that they do NOT have depth across the organization at forward – both of these statements are true.

        As for your note about the organizational versus NHL level depth, well the very nature of “organizational” depth is that it takes a look at the entire system. Most teams when they see a dearth of talent in one particular area will invest picks in those areas, as the Pens have done under Shero’s administration. So while the past performance would say that defense is a need, the reality is that there are probably 3-4 prospects in the Pens system with top 4 potential.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Aug 1, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    What does that even mean?………if you’re going to post ridiculous comments under 500 different names….at least have them make sense. And by the way red wings fans usually reference themselves as “the franchise” so I have no idea why you keep referencing the pens with it.

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Not only does that comment deserve a ban (IP preferably) but it shows a complete lack of respect for all those victims. What a classles individual.

    • crashtheboards55 - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      You are a complete F*****G moron. To make a comment like that is just beyond tasteless. Your name is even worse. You are just another weak pathetic P***Y who cannot handle life. You are a piece of S**T

  3. rushledger - Aug 1, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Hey NBC sports do your job and ban this excuse of a human being or I’m leaving your app.

    • Mike Halford - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      We’re banning and deleting comments as quickly as possible. Please bear with us — people continually come back to the site and register for new accounts even after we’ve banned user names, email and IP addresses. We’re doing our best to clean it up.

      • charleslouis99 - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        THANK YOU

    • Tyler - Aug 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Please don’t go rushledger. The sports world will be heartbroken if you leave.

  4. napoleonblownapart6887 - Aug 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I hope this goes without saying, but please do not allow what a few (maybe one with personalities) knuckleheads say as indicative of the views of Pens fans everywhere. I’m a huge Penguins fan, but I have a healthy respect for all of the other fans of the game, even if I don’t agree with them at all times.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled trash talk….

  5. sidsthickmeatbayonet - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    i guess your going to be dissapointed again charlesirrelevantstlouis!!! whhaammmyyy

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