Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ron Meighan
Ron Meighan was touted as one of the top young prospects entering major junior hockey in Canada in 1979. At the age of 16 he joined the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHA for the 1979-80 season and earned a regular spot in the lineup, playing 61 games, scoring three goals and 13 points. In his second year, Meighan improved his game tremendously and in 63 games scored eight goals and 35 points on a high-scoring Flyers' team which included the likes of future NHLers Steve Ludzik, Steve Larmer, Mark Osborne, Pat Graham and Paul Gillis. Scouts took note of his impressive play in both the offensive and defensive zones and he was selected in the first round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars. In 1981-82, with all of those other players graduated to the NHL, with the exception of Gillis, Meighan took on an expanded role and became one of the team leaders both on and off the ice. He scored 27 goals and 68 points which seemed to reinforce his status as a legitimate first-round pick. He was named the winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy, signifying the top defenseman in the OHL, beating out such other stalwart defenders as Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens of the Kitchener Rangers. He was also named to the OHL's First Al-Star Team. Meighan was called up to play seven games with the North Stars as a 19-year-old underager, scoring a goal and an assist.

In 1982-83, Meighan played 29 games with the North Bay Centennials, who had been the Niagara Falls Flyers prior to being sold. Meighan was also traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 28, 1982 along with Anders Hakkanson for George Ferguson and a first-round draft pick in 1983, which turned out to be the first pick overall, Brian Lawton. In 41 games he scored two goals and eight points. The output was viewed as disappointing by the Penguins, who had expected he would be able to offer up more offense to the struggling Penguins. The following year he was relegated to the AHL's Baltimore Skipjacks. In 75 games he had four goals and 20 points.

Meighan retired having played just 48 games, scoring three goals and ten assists, making him one of the more disappointing first-round picks in NHL history.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Ottawa South Canadians Minor-ON 55 16 34 50
1979-80 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 61 3 10 13 20 10 0 0 0 6
1980-81 Niagara Falls Flyers OMJHL 63 8 27 35 92 12 0 0 0 14
1981-82 Niagara Falls Flyers OHL 58 27 41 68 85 4 0 4 4 9
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 1 1 2 2 -2
1982-83 North Bay Centennials OHL 29 19 22 41 30
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 2 6 8 16 -10
1983-84 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 75 4 16 20 36
NHL Totals 48 3 7 10 18


OHL First All-Star Team (1982)
Max Kaminsky Trophy (Top Defenseman - OHL) (1982)
OHL First All-Star Team (1982)
Traded to Pittsburgh by Minnesota with Anders Hakansson and Minnesota's 1st round pick (Bob Errey) in 1983 NHL Draft for George Ferguson and Pittsburgh's 1st round pick (Brian Lawton) in 1983 NHL Draft, October 28, 1982.
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