Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:The Islanders have announced that Bridgeport defender Aaron Ness has been recalled for tonight’s game against Carolina. Ness has four points and is a -6 through nine games with the Sound Tigers this season.
Originally a second round pick of the Islanders in 2008, Ness was one of three second rounders the Isles had that year along with Corey Trivino and Travis Hamonic (boy, does that show how unpredictable the draft can be). Ness has spent the last three-plus seasons playing in Bridgeport, totaling 62 points in 167 games with the team. He was also called up to the Island during the 2011-12 season for a nine-game stint where he did not register a point.
It’s a little surprising that Ness has apparently jumped the depth chart over Calvin de Haan, the highly touted and oft-injured first round pick from the 2009 draft. De Haan has been running the point on the Sound Tigers powerplay — Ness has been on and off the first unit — and neither played has seriously stood out, to my eye at least. At this point, Ness is probably a bit better in his own zone while De Haan is better on the offensive side of the puck and has made a few defensive miscues (a blue line turnover that led to a goal in Hartford last week comes to mind). Maybe it’s simply a matter of who has a better chance of helping a blue line not struggling to score, but to defend.
There hasn’t been an announcement yet, but I would guess that Ness will play tonight for the Islanders.