The Islanders have selected Defenseman Aaron Ness with the 40th pick.
Defense. Shoots Left. 5’10”, 157 lbs. Born: Bemidji , Minnesota, USA, May 18, 1990.
Hometown: Roseau, Minnesota
NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee
“Aaron is flamboyant and colorful. He is very quick, everything about him is quick – his hands are quick, his feet are quick. He is a very good skater and he is gritty and physical. He’ll step right in to you without fear – he picks his spot when he does it. He’s a little more polished than some of the other high school defensemen with his passing and playmaking. When I look at him he is quicker than Brian Leetch was at this age and he’s as fast as John-Michael Liles was at the same age.”
Roseau head coach Scott Oliver
“I think he’s in the top 10 all-time (in the state). He sees the ice and moves the puck better than any player I’ve ever seen. He reminds me of (former NHL great) Phil Housley. I kept him on the ice as much as I could. He’s a dynamic player and has got a real good gas tank. Even when he was tired, he probably wouldn’t tell me. He’s very passionate about the game and a real pleasure to coach.”