Kraken trade for defenseman Jaycob Megna

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.

Like the Tolvanen, Bjorkstrand, and Sprong moves, this is another sneaky good move by the Kraken front office.

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.