“How does a guy who stands 6′ 6″ and weighs about 219 pounds seem to go unnoticed more than often not in a sport that requires split-second decision making, tremendous athleticism and the speed, skill and stamina to perform at the highest level? Simple. By doing his job.” – words from Kyle Shohara- an Anaheim Ducks reporter.
Jaycob Megna is what I would call a player that is a mix of new school and old school- his skating, puck-moving skills and active stick perfect for the modern-day NHL and his dependable stay-at-home style an homage to the days of old.
Rewind to September, while Jaycob Megna was at training camp (just 1 of 62 player and just 1 of 19 defensemen that showed). While at camp he was placed with blueliners Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen who at the time were still recovering from their shoulder surgeries that they had in the off-season. Even though he was on the line with the Ducks players that were recovering, Megna made the most of the opportunity by doing what he does best- playing safe, smart and reliable game. His hard work and solid showing earned him a spot on the coveted opening night roster, and the easy-going defenseman has been a fixture on the Ducks blueline ever since.
Megna comes from an athletic family, his dad played in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins, his mom played water polo in high school, brother Jayson play in the Vancouver Canucks orginzation, his sister Jessica, played softball at the Florida State University club softball team.
Though he spent most of his youth in the Chicago area, Megna’s roots are firmly set in Southern Florida. He was born in Plantation and calls the Fort Lauderdale area home in the offseason. His parents eventually moved back to the Sunshine State after raising their three children in Chicago, and they had the chance to see their youngest son one of the Ducks roadtrips through the region. Among them were 20-plus friends and family who saw Jaycob Megna play at the BB&T Center in Sunrise (home of the Florida Panthers) and Amalie Arena (home of the Tampa Bay Lightning) in late October. According to Jaycob Megna, “It was great. I got to see both sides of the family. It was an awesome experience.”
Some thoughts from Anaheim Ducks rookie Jaycob Megna:
If I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and I’m not making mistakes, you shouldn’t see too much of me. If I’m out there running around, helter skelter, I’m probably not playing the way I should be playing. I try to be as poised as I can be when I get the puck and just make quick, simple plays, and not make the game harder on myself, especially with how good the guys are at this level. You can’t afford to be messing around with the puck or trying things out of your comfort zone.
Jaycob Megna (on playing in the NHL): It’s been an awesome experience. It’s been my dream, something I’ve worked for since I was young. To finally be up here and playing in the NHL has been an awesome journey so far. I’m looking forward to continuing it.
LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Megna Delivers Unseen Excellence in His Rookie Season”
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