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Pens sign collegiate standout Megna: two years, $1.85 million


After receiving interest from Boston, Winnipeg and Pittsburgh, University of Nebraska-Omaha freshman Jayson Megna agreed to terms with the Penguins on Wednesday, inking a two-year deal worth $1.85 million.

The contract is of the two-way variety, with an average annual value of $925,000.

The Pens appeared to have the upper hand for Megna’s services after he attended their prospect development camp in July. That appearance followed a breakout freshman WCHA campaign, finishing third among all Mavericks in scoring (13G-18A-31PTS in 38 games) while being named to the league’s All-Rookie team.

Four days ago, Megna told the Omaha World-Herald he’d be forgoing his sophomore year to turn pro.

“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 said. “I love the city and the fans. But I made a decision that I think is best for me and my career.”