UNO's Megna to Sign Free Agent NHL Deal
Was WCHA All-Freshman Team Member Last Season
CHN Staff Report
Jayson Megna, who would've been Nebraska-Omaha's second-leading returning scorer, has decided to leave after just one season to take a free-agent deal in the NHL, the Omaha World-Herald has reported.
It's another big hit for the Mavericks after losing captain Terry Broadhurst to the NHL earlier in the offseason, and his brother Alex, who decided to go to major junior instead.
The OWH said Megna is deciding between contract offers from Pittsburgh, Boston and Winnipeg.
“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 told the paper. “I loved it. But I made a decision that I think is best for me and my career.”
Megna was a member of the WCHA all-freshman team last season, scoring 13 goals and 31 points.
“It's a huge hit,” UNO coach Dean Blais told the OWH. “That's another potential 20-goal scorer. The guys we have returning who had just OK years — those guys who had outstanding freshman seasons but fell off as sophomores — are going to have to step it up and put the puck in the net. They've got to contribute more.”