ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Connor Carrick from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and re-assigned defenseman Aaron Ness to Hershey, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Carrick, 21, has registered six points (one goal, five assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 34 career NHL games with Washington. The 5’11”, 194-pound defenseman made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 2013 at Chicago and scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 3, 2013 against Calgary. Carrick was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round, 137th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Carrick has recorded 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 26 games with Hershey (AHL) this season. The Orland, Park, Ill., native ranks second among AHL defensemen in goals this season and ranks second among Bears skaters in points, tied for second in plus/minus (+5) and third in goals. He has scored five goals in his last six games (12/4-12/13: five goals, two assists) and is the only AHL defenseman to record a shootout-winning goal this season. In 112 career AHL games with Hershey, Carrick has tallied 61 points (16 goals, 45 assists) and 179 penalty minutes.
Ness, 25, has registered nine assists and 12 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Bears this season. He appeared in 74 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season and led the club’s defensemen in points and assists. Ness set career highs in goals (8), assists (37) and points (45) and ranked sixth among all AHL defensemen in scoring. He was selected to the AHL All-Star Classic. The Roseau, Minn., native has earned three points (one goal, two assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 29 career NHL games with the New York Islanders. Ness was drafted by the Islanders in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.