Jayson Megna wasn’t planning on turning professional when he went to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ development camp last month.
But one thing led to another, and things were finalized Wednesday when the 22-year-old UNO center signed a two-way contract with the Penguins.
“It’s a pretty neat feeling, kind of surreal,” Megna said. “It hasn’t really set in yet. I’ll be in Wilkes-Barre (Penn.) to train for a couple of days, then I’ll go home and get a chance to settle in and digest some of this.”
Should he make the Penguins’ NHL roster, he’ll be paid at a rate equating to $925,000. Megna said he’d make no more than $70,000 if he’s assigned to Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League.
Megna played one season with UNO and was the Mavericks’ third-leading scorer with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. He also led the Mavs with a plus-13 rating.
Megna will return to Wilkes-Barre later this month to train and become acclimated to the organization’s systems, then is scheduled to open training camp with the Penguins on Sept. 21.
If there is a lockout, training camp for Wilkes-Barre would open Sept. 28.
“It’s an exciting time for me and my family,” Megna said. “Everyone’s dream is to play in the NHL, and this is an exiting step for me.
“But now it’s time to get to work. Now I’m going up against NHL players and trying to make the team. Now I’m doing this for a living. It’s the best job in the world, but it’s hard work. The training staff at UNO did a fantastic job keeping me in great shape, and now it’s time to elevate my game.”
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