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Canucks Recall Jayson Megna

The Vancouver Canucks have made a roster move today, recalling Jayson Megna from the Utica Comets. The move comes just days after the club sent Michael Chaput and Cole Cassels back down to the Comets on reassignment.

Megna, who first joined the Canucks ahead of last season on a one-year contract, played an unfortunately large role in the Canucks’ misfortune last season, playing big minutes over a 58 game span and contributing just eight points (four goals and assists alike) in that span. To suggest that Megna was something of a coach’s favourite last season is an understatement. The embattled then-head coach Willie Desjardins reiterated countless times what a believer he was in the journeyman forward.

One needn’t fear a similar role for Megna this season. With Brock Boeser day-to-day, it’s as simple as bringing in insurance in the event of a worst-case scenario where the Canucks best goal-scorer has to miss any games. And that’s just fine. Megna, thirteenth forward, is perfectly acceptable.

In four games with the Comets this season, Megna has one assist, four penalty minutes and is a minus-four.

  • Killer Marmot

    The Canucks have 22 uninjured players on their roster rather than the usual 23.

    They might have plans to call up another soon. Benning might, however, be willing to risk being caught short rather than have some young player twiddle his thumbs in the press box.

  • TheRealPB

    I’m not going to lie that this headline caused me a moment of PTSD panic. I’m sure it’s just a paper move or insurance, yeah, that’s it, that HAS to be it…I get that this probably means nothing but it is a little curious that it’s Megna and not one of the players that you’d think has earned it a bit more (not Boucher and Goldobin who don’t deserve to be bounced around but maybe an Archibald or a Bancks. But then it looks like Gaunce will draw back in after the conditioning stint — 2 goals and 1 assist in 2 games so far.

      • DJ_44

        Yeah. Archibald and Banks are not really options due to contract status. That, and Megna is simply a more skilled player. He can play bottom six, be responsible defensively and add speed to the lineup.

        He is what he is, and plays that role well. Get over it already.

  • Cageyvet

    Heads up to many of these responses, he’s going to play. We only had Chaput in the press box and he’s gone back down, so there’s no spare forward. The plan apparently is to put Gagner in Boeser’s spot and Megna fills in for Gagner. Fine by me, but if the injury was more significant than day-to-day I would hope they’d bring up Goldobin or Boucher.

    Very soon you won’t have to worry about Megna or Chaput, the team will keep Gaunce here and carry a spare forward full-time. Also fine by me, there is zero upside to Chaput or Megna and if they spend any real time in the lineup we probably have some serious injury issues.

  • defenceman factory

    still a lot of players sitting in Utica. I hope there are some moves soon so Rodin and MacEwen can play full time. Its probably too much to hope for but moving out Eriksson and Gagner would loosen things up just right with two of Guance, Boucher or Goldobin moving up to the big club.

    • DJ_44

      Eriksson is and very, very good NHL forward. The guy got cheap-shotted after 4 games. He will contribute very well when healthy.

      MacEwen was injured prior to this weekend. He played well today (I really like his game).

        • DJ_44

          He has a NMC.

          He is an asset to this team for at least three or four more years. He had unbelievable bad puck luck last year. This year he got cheap shotted. He will be fine and still score 15 to 20 in an injury shortened season.

          • Beer Can Boyd

            15-20 goals for $6million per. 5 more years, including this season. That is one untradeable contract. Better hope that he will “contribute very well when healthy.” Haven’t seen it yet.

  • Holly Wood

    If Boeser is questionable for tonight’s game, why not have a scoring winger (Goldobin) called up in case Boeser can’t go tonight. Gaunce will be called up soon to fill the 23rd roster spot

    • Dirty30

      Likely because Megna is a ‘vet’ and the Comets are overloaded with them right now. Calling him up allows someone– perhaps Rodin — to get some playing time in Utica. Goldy is getting lots of playing time in Utica and that should help his development more than a call-up to sit or play a few minutes.