Washington Capitals’ ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays, announced on Tuesday, July 17th, the signings of Patrick Megannety and Cameron Askew for the 2018-19 season. Both Megannety and Askew are forwards.
Megannety rejoins the Stingrays for his third professional season. He played 35 regular season games and all 4 in the playoffs. In his rookie season of 2016-2017, Megannety played 18 ECHL games.
“Megs is a coach’s dream; he does whatever you ask,” Stingrays Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky. “He’s a great penalty kill guy, blocks shots and can skate well. He dealt with an injury last year and he’s been taking care of that all summer. Now he’s a guy that we expect to take a leadership role on and off the ice. He plays extremely hard with a little bite in his game and we think he can take that next step.”
The second forward, Cameron Askew, is joining the Rays for his first professional season in the ECHL after playing five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“Cam is a big kid coming out of the Q who got traded at the deadline and was a nice surprise for Charlottetown,” Warsofsky said. “He was a guy they looked for in all situations, power play, penalty kill, who plays on the edge and plays with some emotion. He was highly touted coming out of junior and this is a guy whose pro game could really flourish with the way we play and he has a lot of upside. Hopefully, he can start here, get those eyes on him, and get to the American Hockey League.”
The 6-foot-4 Askew finished with a total of 218 points on 100 goals and 118 assists during his QMJHL career. The 21-year-old native of Boston, Mass. said he’s excited to turn pro after working hard to develop while in the Canadian junior league.