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Top 40 goal-scorers: No. 31

Remember the last Wolves player to lead the American Hockey League in goals? He checks in at at No. 31 on the Wolves Top 40 Countdown, presented by Jewel-Osco.

Wade Megan scored 33 goals in 2016-17 to win the Willie Marshall Award that goes to the AHL’s top goal-scorer. Not many expected Megan to do something like that — considering the Canton, New York, native had scored exactly 33 goals in his three-plus AHL seasons prior to joining the Wolves.

The Wolves brought in Megan figuring he’d be an asset on both ends of the ice. In 2015-16, Megan had led the AHL in short-handed goals with 7. But when he got to Chicago, he teamed with slick-passing wing Kenny Agostino to become the highest-scoring tandem in the league. Agostino led the AHL with 83 points and won the Most Valuable Player award while he and Megan both earned AHL First All-Star Team honors as the Wolves captured the Central Division crown.

Megan also enjoyed a heck of an NHL debut. On Dec. 22, 2016, the then 26-year-old Megan flew to Tampa Bay to join the St. Louis Blues. He scored on his first NHL shot at 14:43 of the first period to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.

Megan wound up spending two seasons with the Wolves and finished with 44 goals and 55 assists in 136 regular-season games. He added two goals and one assist in eight Calder Cup Playoff appearances.

The Boston University graduate — and avid reader and fly fisherman — retired after the 2018-19 season and now runs a hockey camp in his hometown.

Want to review the rest of the countdown?

No. 40: Gage Quinney
No. 39: Tim Breslin
No. 38: Nathan Oystrick
No. 37: Ben Simon
No. 36: Curtis McKenzie
No. 35: Kamil Piros
No. 34: Mark Mancari
No. 33: Simon Gamache
No. 32: Guy Larose