Ducks’ Jaycob Megna happy to keep the same NHL address – Orange County Register

LAS VEGAS — Less than two weeks ago, Jaycob Megna was pondering the possibility that his NHL address might change.

The Ducks put Megna on waivers only for the purpose of seeing if they could get him back to their American Hockey League team in San Diego. That process was required as the 24-year-old defenseman no longer has waiver-exempt status and can’t go back and forth freely if needed.

Given his age and upside as a big, defensive-minded rearguard, Megna couldn’t help but think another team might pluck him away from the one that selected him in the 2012 draft and cultivated him over the years to where he made his debut at the end of the 2016-17 regular season.

“It was a stressful 24 hours for me,” Megna said Tuesday after being recalled from the Gulls. “I can’t speak for them. All the possibilities run through your head. But I think it worked out the way it was supposed to. I’m just happy to be back.”

Megna’s services were needed against Las Vegas as Hampus Lindholm was sent back to Anaheim to nurse an upper-body injury that could keep him out for a handful of games. The Ducks have two more games this week at home, Wednesday against Ottawa and Friday against Minnesota.

“It’ll be something that hopefully it’ll settle down over the next couple of days and he’s ready for us in the short term here,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We don’t expect it to be a long-term issue.”

Injury does provide opportunity and Megna has this one after getting in 11 games earlier in the year following an impressive training camp. A crowded blue line has blocked his path at times, though the trade of Sami Vatanen could make it a bit easy for Megna to stay.

The Ducks can get away with sending Megna back down provided he doesn’t play in 10 games or stay with the club beyond 30 days from Nov. 24, the date that he first cleared the process.

“It’s a business you know,” Megna said. “Sometimes you got too many bodies. There’s always a chance but I was obviously happy that I didn’t get taken. I want to be here. They’ve got a great setup down in San Diego as far as development. I’ve grown a lot over the last two years there.

“Obviously this is the organization that drafted me. This is where I want to be. I was thankful in that end and I was obviously happy to be back and hopefully stick around.”

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