ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-assigned defenseman Aaron Ness and forward Zach Sill to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Ness, 25, appeared in eight games with the Capitals this season and tallied two assists. He made his Capitals debut on Jan. 2 at Columbus and earned his first Capitals point with an assist on Jan. 5 at Boston. The Roseau, Minn., native played in a career-high 20 games with the Islanders during the 2013-14 season and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 14, 2013 vs. Los Angeles. Ness was drafted by the Islanders in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft. He signed with Washington as a free agent on July 1, 2015. Ness has registered five points (one goal, four assists) and 14 penalty minutes in 37 career NHL games with the NY Islanders and Washington.
Ness has registered 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Bears this season. Last season, Ness appeared in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, leading the club’s defensemen in points and assists and setting career highs in goals (8), assists (37) and points (45). He ranked sixth among all AHL defensemen in scoring and was selected to the AHL All-Star Classic. The 5’10”, 183-pound defenseman has earned 136 points (25 goals, 111 assists) and 195 penalty minutes in 307 career AHL games with Hershey and Bridgeport.
Sill, 27, scored one goal in seven games with the Capitals this season. He made his Capitals debut on Dec. 20 against Buffalo and scored his first Capitals goal on Jan. 10 against Ottawa. The 6’1”, 202-pound forward earned his first NHL point with an assist on Jan. 13 against Minnesota and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 21 against Chicago. Sill made his NHL debut on Nov. 16, 2013, at New Jersey. He was signed by Washington as a free agent on July 16, 2015. Sill has registered five points (two goals, three assists) and 98 penalty minutes in 90 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington.
Sill has earned nine points (two goals, seven assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 30 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. The Truro, Nova Scotia, native served as an alternate captain for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) in 2013-14 and helped lead the team to the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 Calder Cup playoffs. In 2010-11, Sill recorded AHL career highs in games played (80), goals (11), assists (19), points (30) and plus/minus (+16). Sill has tallied 82 points (35 goals, 47 assists) and 345 penalty minutes in 307 AHL games with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.