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Aaron Ness
Aaron Ness
Defenseman
Number: 25
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 187
Shoots: Left
Born: May 18, 1990  (Age 25)
Birthplace: Roseau, MN, United States
Drafted: NYI / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (40th overall) PROSPECT BIO
ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS:
Selected by the Islanders in the second round (40th overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Draft.

LAST SEASON: Appeared in 20 NHL games with the Islanders and 48 American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tiges during his third professional season...Recalled from Bridgeport on Nov. 7...Scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 14 vs. Los Angeles (Ben Scrivens)...Recorded his first NHL assist on Nov. 16 vs. Detroit...Returned on loan to Bridgeport on Jan. 1...Totaled 20 points (6g/14a) with Bridgeport, ranking seventh on the team and third among defensemen.

CAREER: 2012-13:
Scored 27 points (3g/24a) in 76 games during his second season with Bridgeport (AHL)... Was the only player on the team to appear in all 76 regular season games...Finished third among Sound Tigers defensemen with 27 points...Had at least one assist in nine of the team’s first 16 games...Had points in four-of-five games (1g/4a) from Jan. 8-19.  2011-12: Scored 27 points (5g/22a) as a rookie during his first full season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL...Finished second among Bridgeport defensemen and ninth overall in points...Also appeared in nine games with the Islanders...Was recalled from Bridgeport on emergency basis on Feb. 6 and made his NHL debut on Feb. 7 at Philadelphia...Returned to Bridgeport on Feb. 23 after nine games...With Bridgeport, recorded his first-career multi-goal game on Feb. 26 vs. Albany...Added an empty-netter to clinch the 2011-12 Northeast Division title on Apr. 13 at Providence... Made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut, appearing in three first-round games against Connecticut.

INTERNATIONAL:
Helped lead the United States to a bronze medal at the 2008 Under-18 World Junior Championships, recording six assists in seven games...Scored five points (1g/4a) in four games with Team USA at the 2007 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

COLLEGE: 2010-11:
Scored 14 points (2g/12a) in 35 games during his junior season at the University of Minnesota (Western Collegiate Hockey Association)...Finished third among defensemen in points and second in assists...Both of his goals were game-winners...Recorded three assists and a plus-5 rating in a two-game series against Colorado College on Oct. 29-30…Signed an amateur tryout contract with Bridgeport and made his professional debut on Mar. 18 vs. Charlotte...Scored his first professional goal/point on Mar. 26 at Connecticut...Recorded his first professional assist on Apr. 1 at Springfield...Finished the season with one goal and three assists in 13 games.  2009-10: Played in all 39 games as a sophomore for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers...Ranked second among defensemen with 12 points (2g/10a)...Notched goals in wins over Alaska Anchorage on Oct. 30 and Colorado College on Feb. 20.  2008-09: Was one of four players, and the only freshman, to play in every game for Minnesota...Ranked second among team defensemen with 17 points (2g/15a)...Earned tournament MVP honors and the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week award after posting a goal and an assist in the 3-2 title game victory over Northeastern at the Dodge Holiday Classic on Jan. 3...Collected a season-best three assists in a win at St. Cloud State on Jan. 17 and had an assist in the opening game of the series on Jan. 16 to earn the WCHA Rookie of the Week award. 

HIGH SCHOOL: 2007-08:
Helped lead Roseau High School (Minnesota) to a 25-0 regular season record...Scored 72 points (28g/44a) in 31 games...Ranked first in Minnesota High School Hockey in points by a defenseman...Won the “Mr. Hockey” Award as the top high school player in Minnesota, becoming the first player from Roseau to do so.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 17 19 -4 36
K. Okposo 47 12 24 -9 36
B. Nelson 49 20 11 1 31
F. Nielsen 49 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 49 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 48 8 15 5 23
A. Lee 49 7 14 1 21
N. Leddy 49 3 16 -12 19
R. Strome 38 5 13 -6 18
N. Kulemin 49 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 10 4 .921 2.18
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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