Getting to Know: Jayson Megna
Size: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Birth Date: Feb. 1, 1990
How the Pens Acquired Him: Signed a two-year entry-level contract on Aug. 1, 2012
Team Status: Penguins owns his rights through the 2013-14 season
Claim to Fame: Few hockey players without the last name “Sutter” have athletic pedigree like Megna. His father, Jay, played NFL defensive back in the 1980s. Mother Jacqueline was an All-American water polo player. Brother Jaycob played with Jayson for one season at the University of Nebraska-Omaha before the Anaheim Ducks drafted him in the 7th round of the 2012 Draft.
2012-13 Season: Megna made his professional debut after signing with the Penguins in August, playing 56 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He totaled five goals and seven assists in the regular season while battling injuries, and then scored two goals and three assists in the Calder Cup playoffs.
Numbers Never Lie: In his second and final United States Hockey League season, Megna scored 30 goals and notched 28 assists to be named a USHL All-Star. Megna led all UNO freshmen in scoring by racking up 13 goals and 18 assists before signing with Pittsburgh.
Pens’ Take: “I think he's gonna be a speed guy. I wouldn't put him as a big numbers guy, but definitely effective. With his speed, he'll give people fits ... He's another one of those guys that made big strides last year."– Bill Guerin
Megna on his first professional hockey season: "I definitely feel more comfortable than I did at the beginning of last year … It kind of took me a while to get my feet under me and get acclimated to the system. But after (56) games and the playoffs, I think I have a pretty good handle.”