The Seattle Kraken have picked up another cost-controlled player by trading for 6’6”, 220lb San Jose Sharks defenseman Jayson Megna. The cost is a 2023 4th round pick of Seattle’s choosing.
They can choose to trade their own 4th-round pick or the 4th-round pick they got from Colorado when they traded Kurtis MacDermid. Seattle has until June 15 to decide.
Megna provides solid defensive depth which is something the Kraken were in need of. He is signed through the end of 2024 and has a cap hit of $786,667. He won’t provide a lot of scoring (just 3 goals and 17 assists in 92 games with San Jose).
This may be insurance for Justin Schultz, who hasn’t played since January 17th and has missed the last five games with injury.
Megna has played this season paired with Erik Karlsson, one of the league’s best offensive defensemen and has really blossomed with him, playing well while getting first-pairing minutes.
Here is Megna with his 3-year-old daughter Evie alongside Karlsson and his 3-year-old daughter Harlow.
When you’re a #GirlDad you have to become a multi-sport athlete pic.twitter.com/vL7OTcsVYN— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 2, 2022
Like the Tolvanen, Bjorkstrand, and Sprong moves, this is another sneaky good move by the Kraken front office.
The Kraken trade a conditional 2023 4th-round pick for Sharks defenseman Jaycob Megna. Another value transaction by Ron Francis. pic.twitter.com/NIO58Qd1Zc— Zaiem Beg (@zbeg) February 6, 2023
Jaycob Megna, traded to SEA, is a solid defensive defenceman who has been Erik Karlsson's primary partner on the Sharks' blueline this season. #SeaKraken pic.twitter.com/iECtXJ8oQ1— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) February 6, 2023
The Seattle Kraken have acquired defenseman Jaycob Megna from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional 4th round draft pick 2023. We like this deal a lot from Kraken's perspective. Megna has been pretty solid this season and should be an upgrade for Seattle's depth. pic.twitter.com/oYiX1Bp2lO— Andy & Rono (@ARHockeyStats) February 6, 2023
Seattle’s penalty kill is 31st in the NHL (although it has improved considerably recently). Megna’s presence on the PK should help continue that trend. He also provides some flexibility with Carson Soucy’s contract expiring at the end of the year.
Megna’s not going to score a million goals like Tolvanen and he’s probably not going to stand out very much. But he provides good value for the cost and this is one of those moves that aren’t flashy, but improve the team meaningfully.
For Megna, he gets to go to a playoff team and goes from playing for a team with the worst goal song in the NHL to one of the very best.
Note: There is also a Jayson Megna in the NHL. Don’t get got; Jayson Megna and Jaycob Megna aren’t the same person, they are simply brothers.