The Vancouver Canucks made a pair of call-ups on Monday, bringing forward Jayson Megna and defenseman Troy Stecher up from the team’s AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets.
Megan is an un-drafted free agent who joined the Pittsburgh Penguins organization following playing two seasons in the United States Hockey League, where he posted 58 points in 60 games his second year. He departed from the University of Nebraska-Omaha after his freshman season in 2009, turning pro and eventually being called up for his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2013.
His rookie season, he appeared in 36 games with Pittsburgh, the most of his NHL career up this point. He’s spent the majority of his career in the AHL, but did switch teams to the New York Rangers last season where he appeared in six games. With the Hartford Wolf Pack last year, he had a career-high 44 points and has already earned three this season with the Comets.
Also coming up is defenseman Troy Stecher, who is fresh off winning a National Championship as a member of the North Dakota men’s hockey team. On a team flush with offensive firepower, Stecher was the team’s best offensive defenseman, leading the unit in goals (eight) and assists (21) during his junior season. Prior to joining UND, he spent three seasons playing for the Penticon Vees of the BCHL, where he also won a Championship back in 2012.
The Canucks opened the season on fire, winning their first four games, all of which were at home, by a goal each. They’ve followed that up with two losses (one of which came in overtime) on the road. They’ll return home on Tuesday for a mini three-game home stand when they take on the Ottawa Senators.