Canucks ink Megna, Chaput, Rendulic, Billins
Vancouver Canucks, parent club of the AHL's Utica Comets, have signed forward Jayson Megna to a one-year, one-way contract and forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenseman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract.
Megna, 26, skated in 68 AHL games with Hartford in 2015-16, picking up career highs with 29 assists and 44 points. He also tallied one goal and one assist in six NHL games with the New York Rangers.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward has appeared in 212 AHL games with Hartford and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over four pro seasons, recording 55 goals and 55 assists for 110 points along with a plus-26 rating. He also has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 33 postseason games.
Megna has appeared in 54 career NHL games with the Rangers and Pittsburgh, registering six goals and six assists. He has also played two career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Chaput, 24, won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie in 2015-16, finishing second on the team in regular-season scoring with 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games while adding a goal and an assist in eight NHL games with Columbus. In the Calder Cup Playoffs, Chaput notched two goals and six assists in 17 contests with the Monsters.
A third-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 2010, Chaput has registered two goals and six assists in 58 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets. He has skated in 236 AHL games with Lake Erie and Springfield, compiling 58 goals and 85 assists for 143 points.
Rendulic, 24, played 68 games with San Antonio (AHL) in 2015-16, registering 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points. He also appeared in three NHL games with Colorado.
Rendulic has collected one goal and one assist in 14 career NHL games with the Avalanche, along with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 94 AHL games with the Rampage and Lake Erie.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Rendulic was the first player born in Croatia to sign a contract with an NHL franchise when he was signed by Colorado as a free agent on May 19, 2014.
Billins, 27, scored 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2015-16 season.
A native of Marysville, Mich., Billins was an AHL All-Star in each of his two AHL seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14, totaling 20 goals and 58 assists for 78 points in 141 regular-season games with Grand Rapids and Abbotsford. A member of the Griffins' Calder Cup championship team in 2013, Billins also has two goals and 14 assists in 28 career AHL postseason games.
Billins recorded three assists in 10 NHL games with Calgary in 2013-14.
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