Tenacious Jacklin and NCAA Grad Megannety Back in Brampton for 2016-17
The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the St. John’s IceCaps and Montreal Canadiens, have announced that the club has agreed to terms with two-way standout Scott Jacklin and NCAA graduate and high-end talent Patrick Megannety for the upcoming 2016-17 ECHL season.
Jacklin, 26, hails from Kimberley, British Columbia and will be entering his second full season in the ECHL. Last season, he split his time between the Elmira Jackals and the Beast.
The 6’0” left winger started last season with the Jackals and played in 16 games with the club, picking up five goals and five assists as well as 12 penalty minutes.
He appeared in 30 games as a member of the Beast after being acquired from the Jackals on December 11, 2015. He scored three goals and added eight assists with the Beast and is looking forward to helping the Beast improve this season.
“I’m really excited to get the year going,” Jacklin said. “We have a lot of our top end players are coming back and I think we will have a great season this year.”
Prior to starting his professional career last season, Jacklin played Division I NCAA hockey with Robert Morris University between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons.
In 143 college games played, the skilled two-way forward lit the lamp 48 times and chipped in with 59 assists for 107 points.
Beast Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Chaulk is excited to have a player like Jacklin back in the mix this season and believes that he can take a big step forward in the 2016-17 ECHL season.
“He’s someone who’s willing to go into areas that a lot of guys aren’t willing to go,” Chaulk said. “We’re expecting more offense from him this season.”
Megannety, 23, just finished his final season with Clarkson in the NCAA in 2015-16 and immediately made the jump to pro, appearing in eight contests with the Brampton Beast.
He finished his first sliver of pro experience with one goal in his eight games played. His lone goal, his first as a professional, came on March 26, 2016, as he beat Elmira Jackals goaltender Shane Owen at 14:19 of the first period to help the Beast shade the Jackals by a score of 3-1.
Prior to joining the Beast at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, Megannety spent four years at Clarkson University, appearing in a total of 142 NCAA games between the 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons. Throughout his tenure at the highest level of U.S.
college hockey, the Oakville, Ontario native recorded 22 goals and 35 assists with 34 penalty minutes.
Megannety loved his time in Brampton last season and is excited to return for his first full seaso
n of professional hockey with the Beast this fall.
“I really liked what the coaching staff told me and what their direction for the team will be for the upcoming season,” Megannety said. “I am really excited for the opportunity to come back and play for a strong team. I can’t wait. I think we’re building something pretty cool. It’s going to be a great season with a lot of wins hopefully.”
Before starting his college career, Megannety was a star forward for the Georgetown Raiders in the Ontario Junior A Hockey League for parts of three seasons from 2009-10 to 2011-12. The 5’11” forward appeared in 91 games for the Raiders and proved he is a force to be reckoned with, lighting the lamp 41 times and chipping in with another 41 assists.
His best season of junior hockey came in the 2011-12 season
while wearing an ‘A’ with the Raiders, scoring 26 goals and assisting on 20 more, all in just 46 games played.
Coach Chaulk liked what he saw out of the young forward last season and believes he cam blossom in his first full season of professional hockey.
“Patrick came in from Clarkson at the end of last season and performed well,” Chaulk said. “We believe he can provide more offense than he did in college. He has a good quick release and is willing to go to the hard areas.”
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