The NWHL announced before the start of this season that the league would be expanding the number of games the teams will play. I want to take a look at the players stats to see how players are taking advantage of the extended schedule and possible expanded roles on their respective teams. Today, we will be looking at sophomore Connecticut Whale forward Kayla Meneghin.
Kayla Meneghin played her college hockey at SUNY-Plattsburgh, where she scored 86 goals and added 102 assists for a total of 188 points in the four years she’s played college hockey. Which is good for 2nd all time in the program’s history! (According to Elite Prospects.) She came into the league signing for the Connecticut Whale.
In her rookie year, you could tell she was learning the ropes, but she did dress for 10 regular season games with the Whale. She did manage to score her first NWHL goal in her rookie season; the New Jersey native did so against the Metropolitan Riveters! She would add an assist during the year as well, and would finish with 2 points. The Whale were unfortunately bounced from the playoffs that year against those same Riveters.
Kayla Meneghin would re-sign with the Whale for a second season, and would see an expanded role, with other key players departing. The Whale would go through some transition, as there was a new head coach to play for. In her expanded role, Meneghin has played a lot better. She’s been floating between the 2nd line and the 1st line in the games she has played this season. Having played 12 games so far this season, and she has already tallied 4 times and added 4 assists on the year. She is tied with Sarah Schwenzfeier for second on the team in terms of goals, and is one of the top 5 point producers for the Whale!
She has absolutely taken full advantage of having an expanded schedule and a bigger role on the team. I think she is primed for many great things for the rest of the year, as there are 4 more games for the Whale to play in the regular season!
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