Ness was assigned to AHL Hershey on Sunday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Ness' reassignment to the minors perhaps suggests the Capitals are comfortable with the progress Matt Niskanen (upper body) has shown and could even get him back for Sunday's game against the Canucks. The 26-year-old Ness didn't make any appearances for the Capitals during his latest stint with the big club.
The Capitals recalled Ness from AHL Hershey on Thursday. Matt Niskanen (upper body) didn't travel with the Capitals for Friday's game in Buffalo, so Ness will round out the team's depth at defense for that contest. The 26-year-old defender will likely be sent back to the minors as soon as Niskanen is cleared to return to game action.
Ness was released from Washington's training camp roster Sunday. If Ness clears waivers, he will start the season with AHL Hershey, where he had 27 points in 62 games last year. If the Capitals get into a bit of injury trouble, Ness could find his way to the majors, but he will spend the majority of the year in the AHL.
Ness signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Friday. Ness will likely spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors providing Washington with organizational depth at defense in case of injury. The 26-year-old blueliner notched 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) with a plus-12 rating over 62 games with AHL Hershey last season.
Ness was sent down to AHL Hersey on Friday. Ness did not suit up during this most recent call up and has played in eight games this season in which he garnered a pair of points. In the AHL this season, the 25-year-old has been dishing out assists left and right, as he's recorded 13 helpers in only 32 contests.
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