Oct 25, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jayson Megna (59) carries the puck as New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) defends during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Islanders won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Jayson Megna Should Be On Third-Line

 

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Jayson Megna should be on the third-line, rather than forward Matt D’Agostini.

Megna is currently skating on the fourth-line with forwards’ Craig Adams and Joe Vitale, in which case I don’t see him really contributing to his full potential.

Since Megna has joined the team, he’s been a spark plug — D’Agostini has not looked impressive. Albeit D’Agostini was out a whole month due to a lower-body injury, they each essentially have had the same amount of time with the team this season.

While forwards’ James Neal and Beau Bennett were recovering from their ailments, Megna sequentially saw time on every line, even playing winger to center Evgeni Malkin in a top-six role.

In six games this season, Megna has recorded three points (2G, 1A) and skated to an even rating — which to me for a rookie is exceptional. Especially a rookie who was undrafted, and wasn’t even thought to play in the NHL this season due to all the talent Pittsburgh has up front.

To me, when head coach Dan Bylsma let Megna skate with Malkin it really spoke volumes towards the type of player he is. So why downgrade him all the way to the last line now?

Despite Bennett and Neal’s reinsertion, it doesn’t mean they have to place him on the fourth-line. Every time he’s been in the lineup he’s done nothing but execute, which is why I was a little surprised to see he was scratched in favor of forward Dustin Jeffrey Saturday.

I feel Megna would also create an everlasting chemistry with forwards’ Beau Bennett and Brandon Sutter on the third-line. All three of them are aged 24-and-below, and on top of that Megna has familiarity playing with Bennett in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (WBS) of the American Hockey League (AHL).

While it isn’t fair to judge D’Agostini’s game thus far because of his inexperience with the system and little playing time, I just think he would be best served, for now, on the fourth-line.

However, tomorrow he’ll be on the third-line most likely, and I don’t agree with that.

Pens’ got the Philadelphia Flyers in the CONSOL Energy Center tomorrow. The game can be seen on the NBC sports network, and is set to start at 8 p.m.

 

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