Jayson Megna wasn't planning on turning professional when he went to the Pittsburgh Penguins' development camp last month.
But one thing led to another, and things were finalized Wednesday when the 22-year-old UNO center signed a two-way contract with the Penguins.
"It's a pretty neat feeling, kind of surreal," Megna said. "It hasn't really set in yet. I'll be in Wilkes-Barre (Penn.) to train for a couple of days, then I'll go home and get a chance to settle in and digest some of this."
Should he make the Penguins' NHL roster, he'll be paid at a rate equating to $925,000. Megna said he'd make no more than $70,000 if he's assigned to Wilkes-Barre of the American Hockey League.
Megna played one season with UNO and was the Mavericks' third-leading scorer with 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. He also led the Mavs with a plus-13 rating.
Megna will return to Wilkes-Barre later this month to train and become acclimated to the organization's systems, then is scheduled to open training camp with the Penguins on Sept.