Sharks sign Megna, Merkley

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The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Jaycob Megna and forward Nick Merkley to one-year contracts.

Megna spent the 2020-21 season on an AHL contract with the San Jose Barracuda, serving as team captain. He tallied two goals and six assists with a plus-8 rating in 36 games.

Over seven AHL seasons with San Jose, Chicago, San Diego and Norfolk, Megna has appeared in 346 regular-season games and has recorded 15 goals and 72 assists for 87 points along with a cumulative plus/minus rating of plus-81.

Megna has added one goal and six assists in 39 postseason contests, reaching the Western Conference Finals with San Diego in 2019.

Anaheim’s seventh-round choice in the 2012 NHL Draft, Megna has one goal and four assists in 43 career NHL games, all with the Ducks.

Merkley was acquired by the Sharks on July 26 in a trade with New Jersey. He posted two goals and eight assists in 27 NHL games with the Devils in 2020-21, along with one goal and two assists in five games with the AHL’s Binghamton Devils. He began the season skating with Assat in Finland.

A first-round choice (30th overall) by Arizona in the 2015 NHL Draft, Merkley has skated in 142 career AHL games with Binghamton and Tucson, totaling 40 goals and 71 assists for 111 points. He participated in the AHL All-Star Classic as a rookie in 2018.

Merkley has played 32 games in the AHL with Arizona and New Jersey, compiling three goals and nine assists.