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Canucks sign Jayson Megna to 1-year deal worth $600,000

Rob Williams Jul 01, 2016 8:20 am

The Vancouver Canucks have added some depth, signing free agent centre Jayson Megna to a one-year worth $600,000.

Megna, 26, played six games with the New York Rangers last season, scoring a goal and an assist. The native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida spent the majority of the season with the Rangers’ farm team in Hartford, scoring 44 points (15-29-44) in 68 games. Previously with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization, Megna has played 54 NHL games in his career, scoring 12 points (6-6-12).

“Jayson brings a combination of size, speed and skill to our team adding depth to our forward group this season,” said General Manager Jim Benning in a media release. “He has the ability to catch the opposition off-guard with deceptive speed and brings a willingness to play in the difficult areas around the net and in the corners. We’re pleased to be able to add Jayson to the team.”

The contract is a one-way deal, although that won’t guarantee the 6-1, 195-pound centre a spot on the opening night roster. Prior to signing Megna, the Canucks had 13 forwards pencilled in to their roster, and that doesn’t include forward Brendan Gaunce, who should have a chance to win a job out of training camp.

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Most scouting reports say that Megna is a speedy player, who can provide energy. We’ll get our first look at him at Canucks training camp in September.

Rob Williams
Man of the people, voice of the fans. Daily Hive Sports Editor.

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